This panel investigates effective reading lessons for learners in Europe from the two surveys conducted in Germany, Spain, France and UK of over 90 learners. Survey 1: What the learners want to read and have to read, as well as what the learners do not read. Survey 2: What makes reading difficult.
In this panel, we discuss reading comprehension lessons that are beneficial to learners in Europe in the following presentations. 1. Purposes and methods. 2. Needs analysis concerning reading materials for learners in Europe. 3. Effective reading lessons for beginners - from the results of the survey investigating what makes reading difficult. 4. Effective reading lessons for intermediate learners - from the results of survey investigating what makes reading difficult. In Japanese language education the aims of reading are often for the acquisition of grammar and vocabulary. Therefore vocabulary and grammar are controlled in the reading materials. However for learners to be able to read practical texts, it is necessary for them to have experience of reading activities which are used in real life. We investigated how European learners read in surveys 4 and 5. These surveys were conducted in Germany, Spain, France and UK of over 90 learners at the beginner and intermediate levels. 5. Needs survey: What the learners want to read, have to read as well as what the learners do not read. 6. Reading difficulties survey: What makes reading difficult. The results show that 7. The use of reading materials such as mail, SMS, blog, Internet pages, manuals etc. should be encouraged. 8. The following areas need to be addressed in reading lessons: ・ How to group words properly. ・ Effective use of dictionaries. ・ Analytic ability for function words and verb conjugations. ・ Identify subjects. ・ Analytic ability to grasp the structure of long and complex sentences.