Reading Interest and Reading Achievement: a Preliminary Study
James S. Etim

Introduction
All over the world, it is a generally accepted idea that the attainment of reading competence by the learner in the language used in education is a major educational objective. This objective must be achieved by the learner if the rest of the academic programme is to be a success for him. Reporting on the importance of reading, Vernon (1977) pointed out that for the learner, ‘difficulties with reading and spelling are normally accompanied by other deficiencies in perception, memory, language and thinking’. In the same vein, A they (1971) indicated that ‘children with problems in language development often have later learning problems’ . Given the importance of reading, it becomes crucial that the learner should have skill in reading if the rest of the academic programme is to succeed.

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