A Voluntary Reading Program (VRP) to Stimulate EFL Reading Interest

Erna Iftanti



This article explores the implementation of a Voluntary Reading Program (VRP) which aims at stimulating an EFL reading interest among Indonesian EFL college students. This qualitative study conducted within seven weeks to EFL college students of State Islamic Institute of Tulungagung attending a practice course on Cultivating EFL Reading Habits formally set for eight meetings. This course is intended to address a big concern on the strategy to better stimulate EFL students’ reading habits. By the end of the program, through an interview done to all participants, the program indicates positive effect on stimulating the EFL college students to read for some reasons. Reading brings about great advantages to widen their knowledge and set awareness that reading is not a difficult activity since they can read a lot through their mobile phones (online reading).  wriiten texts found anywhere, or even any ads hanged on the walls. In a nutshell, this program proves to be a good way of stimulating good habit of EFL reading for EFL college students.


Artikel ini mengeksplorasi implementasi Program Membaca Sukarela (PMS) yang bertujuan menstimulasi daya tarik membaca bacaan berbahasa Inggris bagi mahasiswa Indonesia yang belajar bahasa Inggris sebagai bahasa asing. Penelitian qualitative dalam waktu 7 minggu kepada mahasiswa Prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris yang mengikuti mata kuliah praktikum “Cultivating EFL Reading Habits” secara formal dijadwalkan dalam waktu 8 minggu. Penelitian ini dilakukan karena perhatian besar terhadap permasalahan kebiasaan membaca para pembelajar bahasa Inggris sebagai bahasa asing. Di akhir Program, melalui wawancara kepada seluruh peserta, Program ini mempunyai efek positif untuk menstimulasi mahasiswa bahasa Inggris untuk membaca karena membaca bermanfaat untuk memperluas pengetahuan mereka dan memunculkan kesadaran bahwa membaca merupakan kegiatan yang tidak sulit karena mereka bisa membaca banyak hal melalui HP (Online reading), tulisan-tulisan yang ditemukan dimana-mana atau bahkan iklan yang dipasang di dinding. Singkatnya, Program Membaca Sukarela terbukti sebagai cara yang baik untuk menstimulasi mahasiswa bahasa Inggris untuk mencintai membaca bacaan-bacaan berbahasa Inggris.

How to Cite: Iftanti, E. (2016). A Voluntary Reading Program (VRP) to Stimulate EFL Reading Interest. IJEE (Indonesian Journal of English Education), 3(2), 192-207 doi:10.15408/ijee.v3i2.5512.

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Key words: Voluntary Reading Program, to Stimulate, Reading Interest.


voluntary reading program; to stimulate; reading interest; program membaca sukarela; menslimulasi; ketertarikan membaca


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