Using Extensive Reading to Develop Non-major Students’ Reading Skill at Hochiminh City University of Food Industry in Vietnam

Innovating English Teaching Methods, Extensive reading, Reading motivation, Reading ability


  • Nguyen Thi Kim Anh
    Faculty of Foreign Languages, Hochiminh city University of Food Industry, Vietnam
June 8, 2021


The purpose of this paper was to investigate the benefits extensive reading can bring to non-major students and lectures at Hochiminh City University of Food Industry (HUFI). The study addressed a main research question and two sub-research questions related to extensive reading: How does extensive reading develop students’ reading comprehension and improve vocabulary at Hochiminh City University of Food Industry? Two sub-research questions: To what extent could extensive reading help to enhance students’ reading skill? The participants of this study were non-major students at HUFI in Vietnam. The research instruments used in this study to collect data were three main instruments, namely Reading Tests (including Pre-Reading Test and Post-Reading Test), Questionnaire, and Interview. The result of data analysis revealed a significant difference. The findings suggested that innovating lectures’ teaching methods by extensive reading could help students improve their reading ability, particularly their reading comprehension and vocabulary, by engaging them in a systematic extensive reading program.