Abstract In recent years, the over focus on examination-oriented education has caused ignorance on students’ real interest in learning English. As we all know, reading is one of the difficulties in English learning，especially for junior school students，because they are on the elementary stage of learning a foreign language, stimulating their interest in reading is of extreme significance.
This thesis is based on the studies of second language acquisition and many motivation theories at home and abroad. It explores the relationship between junior school students’ reading interest and competence. Although both examination-oriented education and interest are on the basis of promoting motivation, some researches prove that intrinsic motivation (interest) is more beneficial than extrinsic one. The papers’ ultimate aim is to get enlightenment from the relationship and put the implication into practice making it useful in teaching reading. In addition, this thesis analyses the several aspects of reading interest, such as reading materials, teaching methods and so on. The results reveal that proper teaching materials and methods in reading teaching class can effectively stimulate students’ interest in English reading, and that students’ reading competence can be improved by activating their interest.70451
Keywords: motivation; interest; English reading; English reading competence
2. Literature Review2
2.1 The definition of motivation2
2.2 Interest and motivation3
2.3Interest and reading competence3
3. Measures to Stimulate Students’ Interest in English Reading5
3.2 Group reading .... 6
3.3 Use of multimedia............7
4. Application of Teaching Methods into Reading Exercise..7
4.1 Selection of reading materials...7
4.2 Three stages of teaching9
4.2.2 While-reading..10 4.2.3 Post-reading.10
4.3 A sample of teaching reading..11
After the implementation of reform and opening up, there was an intimate connection between China and western English speaking countries. To better adapt to the economic and social development, an increasing number of Chinese began to learn English. That’s why since the early 1980s English has been nationwide taught as a foreign language (FL) in China. With a desire to master English as a foreign language, one must first learn its basic four skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing. However, reading is by far the most important of the four skills in a second language, particularly in English as a second or foreign language (Carrell, 121). So reading in a second language has received a great amount of attention from researchers over the past decades, and improving students’ reading competence is a pressing matter of the moment, as junior school students are on the fundamental stage of learning English.