Engaging Reluctant Readers in a French Immersion Classroom

  • Amanda Borton Capina University of Manitoba
  • Gregory Bryan University of Manitoba
Keywords: Reading motivation, Reading engagement, Action research, Classroom practice,


Reading engagement is like a puzzle consisting of many pieces to emplace for successful engagement to occur. The author, a French Immersion teacher/researcher, found that many of her grade one reluctant readersthose students who could read but chose not toapproached reading with some pieces of the puzzle. They had strategies and knowledge but lacked motivation to engage in reading. This led to the question: How do reluctant readers in my classroom respond to practices designed to increase their motivation to read?

This study is qualitative-oriented action research. The author fulfilled the dual role of teacher and researcher as she introduced and taught seven classroom practices to see which ones helped the reluctant readers to increase their motivation to read. By applying multiple data collection methods the teacher/researcher set out to record what reluctant readers had to say about each of the classroom practices.



Author Biographies

Amanda Borton Capina, University of Manitoba
Amanda Borton Capina is a PhD student at the University of Manitoba and a French Immersion classroom teacher.
Gregory Bryan, University of Manitoba
Gregory Bryan is an Assistant Professor at the UNiversity of Manitoba. He specialises in Children's Literature and Literacy Education.
How to Cite
Capina, A., & Bryan, G. (2017). Engaging Reluctant Readers in a French Immersion Classroom. Current Issues in Education, 20(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1642