Osama Yousif Ibrahim Abualzain


The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of free voluntary reading in upgrading university students' creative writing at Al-Baha University. It introduces the types of free voluntary reading that can be employed by the students. In order to achieve this, thirty students at Al-Baha University enrolling in the BA program in English department were chosen randomly. The descriptive analytic method then applied in this study. Pre-test and post-test designed for the students and a questionnaire directed to the teachers were used as tools of collecting data. Finally, the results revealed that free voluntary reading plays critical roles in upgrading the students’ creative writing. Also, the teachers highly appreciate the contributions of free voluntary reading materials in pushing forward the students' achievement.

Keywords: free voluntary reading, university students, BA program, creative writing

Full Text:



Al-Jarf, R. (2007). Developing reading and literacy skills in Saudi Arabia. Retrieved from: ksu.edu.sa/jspui/handle/123456789/7709.

Bader, L., Veatch, J., & Eldridge, J. (1987). Trade books or basal readers? Reading Improvement, 24, 62-67.

Bastrukmen, H., & Lewis, M. (2002). Learner perspectives of success in an EAP writing Course. Assessing Writing, 8(1), 31-46. Retrieved from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1075-2935(02)00032-6

Blomer, Y. (2011). Assessment in creative writing. Wascana Review, 43, 61-73.

Brown, H. D. (1994). Principles of language learning and teaching (3rd ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents.

Butler, A. & Turbill, J. (1987). Towards a reading-writing classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Day, R., & Bamford, J. (2002). Top ten principles of teaching extensive reading. Reading in a Foreign Language, 14, 136-141.

Elley, W. (1991). Acquiring literacy in a second language: The effect of book-based programs. Language Learning, 41, 375-411.

Jenkins, M. (1957). Self-selection in reading. Reading Teacher, 10, 84-90.

Kantor, K. (1972). Evaluating creative writing: A different ball game. The English Journal, 64, 72-74.

Krashen, S. (1988). Do we learn to read by reading? The relationship between free reading and reading ability (pp. 269- 298). In D. Tannen (Ed.) Linguistics in context: Connecting observation and understanding. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Mackey, A. & Gass, S. (2005). Second language research. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

May, S. (2007). Doing creative writing. New York: Routledge.

Newman, J. (2007). The evaluation of creative writing at M.A. level (UK). In S. Earnshaw (ed.), The handbook of teaching creative writing. Edinburg: Edinburg University Press.

Oxford, R. L., & Leaver, B. L (1996). A synthesis of strategy instruction for language learners. In R. L. Oxford (ed.), Language learning strategies around the world: Cross cultural perspectives. Manoa: University of Hawaii Press.

Shanahan, T. (1980). The impact of writing instruction on learn¬ing to read. Reading World, 19(4), 357–368.

Van den Broek, P., & Espin, C. A. (2012). Connecting cognitive theory and assessment: Measuring individual differences in reading comprehension. School Psychology Review, 41(3), 315-325.

Webster's New World College Dictionary (4th Ed). (2009). Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English for Advanced Learners.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.25134/erjee.v5i2.534


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017 English Review: Journal of English Education