This study investigated the reading attitudes of a group of students under a programme known as ‘Mengubah Destini Anak Bangsa' held in one of the higher learning institutions in Malaysia. This study also describes the relationship between the students' academic reading performance with their reading attitudes by taking into consideration three main dimensions: reading attitudes, reading materials and reading environment. 107 pre-diploma students were involved in the study and data were collected via a questionnaire adapted from Yamashita (2004). A semi-structured interview was also conducted on 10 respondents. The data were analyzed through frequency distribution and descriptive analysis. From the findings, it was discovered that the students' are aware that reading will make them a knowledgeable person with a mean score of 4.3. However, the students were found to rely heavily on the use of a dictionary to help them understand the text they are reading (mean 4.03). It was also found that students acknowledged the positive encouragements they received from their lecturers on the benefits of reading. It was also discovered that reading materials play the most crucial role in shaping the students' academic reading performance as they recorded the highest mean score from the other two dimensions. In a nutshell, lecturers, parents, and stakeholders should build more efforts in making reading an enriching activity through varied reading materials and supportive reading environment as these factors contribute to the students' academic reading performance in general.
Affidah Morni, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Amelia Alfred Tom, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Norlida Nawawi, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Stream: Language Learning
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