This study explores the students' responses and reasons for liking culturally familiar and unfamiliar texts in their reading comprehension practices. The participants in this research comprised 61 students studying in the second year at a state University in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. In order to collect the data for the study, the researchers used two instruments: the interest questionnaire and an open-ended interview. Participant observation and member checking were also utilized for data triangulation to validate the data gathered. The study employed a mixed-methods design where the analyses of its quantitative data were completed by SPSS using ANOVA, and its qualitative data were analysed using constant comparative methods and thematic analysis. From the data analysis, the study yielded several interesting findings. The first finding revealed that all students who participated in this study were interested in the texts, with a higher interest in the group reading culturally familiar texts. The study also found differences in the students' responses to culturally familiar and unfamiliar texts. The finding suggests that the students were more engaged with the culturally familiar text and had the need to connect to their local culture besides native speakers' culture. This last finding also confirms some theories in English language learning, such as the theory of Schemata, the Nativization theory, the theory of Glocalization in the EFL context, and the theory of post-millennial readers.
Dewi Novita, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
Fuad Abdul Hamied, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia