Abstract:Extracurricular reading is beneficial for improving English comprehensive ability. Recently, some scholars and teachers have researched from different perspectives based on the out-of-class extensive English reading of college students’. The relevant researches on the situation of college English majors’ out-of-class extensive reading in underdeveloped areas of west China are relatively few. To better know about and improve the teaching and learning proficiency of after-class reading, the author has carried out a survey on the situation of English majors’ out-of-class extensive reading at Honghe University by quantitative method and qualitative method. The research results show: 1) Most of the English majors have positive attitude towards the importance of out-of-class extensive English reading and their readings are purposeful; 2) Most English majors read a little after class, especially in reading original works; and the sources of out-of-class extensive reading are mainly from internet. 3) Most of the students have not a lot of obstacles during the process of out-of-class extensive English reading, and the biggest obstacle in reading is the English vocabulary. 4) Most of the English majors have common understanding on the functions of out-of-class extensive English reading. After investigating and researching, English teachers and majors have a general understanding of the situation of English majors’ out-of-class extensive reading at Honghe University, which will broaden their horizon of English teaching and learning.
Key words: English majors; out-of-class extensive reading; reading obstacles