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“Online group discussion was challenging but we enjoyed it!” an exploratory practice in extensive reading

Kardi Nurhadi (Universitas Wiralodra, Jawa Barat, Indonesia) (Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia)
Yazid Basthomi (Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia)
Urip Sulistiyo (English Department, Universitas Jambi, Jambi, Indonesia)
Utami Widiati (Universitas Negeri Malang, Malang, Indonesia)
Misdi Misdi (Universitas Swadaya Gunung Jati, Cirebon, Indonesia)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 2 April 2024




While many works have reported adopting exploratory practice (EP) principles in language teaching research, only a few studies have explored the enactment of EP in an online extensive reading of students majoring in English education. Given the relative paucity of attention to the use of EP as the practitioner research in English language teaching (ELT), the present EP investigates how students understand online extensive reading practice mediated by online group discussion and extensive reading logs, where the first author served as the online extensive reading practice instructor.


The exploratory practice focuses on incorporating research into pedagogy and fastens the importance of the quality-of-life in the classroom. The data were collected through students reading logs and semi-structured interviews. The collected data were analyzed using the thematic analysis. In this case, there were six phases including familiarizing with the data, generating initial codes, searching for the themes, reviewing the themes, defining the theme and writing up.


The findings reveal that online group work driven by EP enables everybody to engage in learning activities. EP assists the students in perceiving their potential and gaining a better awareness of the need to devote themselves to the class. In the EP activities, they work together to build a peaceful situation to advance the quality of learning in EFL classrooms.

Research limitations/implications

The present study’s limitation is the small sample. Apart from that, the research results cannot be generalized to other places.

Practical implications

This study suggests that EP is suitable to create a mutual understanding among the learners and teachers. To conclude, English language competency can be achieved in a pleasant atmosphere through EP.


The present study succeeded in adding new literature studies related to EPs by discussing online group discussions and their challenges during the learning process. These aspects were identified through reading logs and interviews with students. Thus, it focuses on the implementation and challenges of online group discussions.



The authors thank to Centre for Higher Education Funding (BPPT) and Indonesia Endowment fund for Education (LPDP) from the Ministry of Finance Republic Indonesia for granting the scholarship and supporting this research. We also thank the anonymous participants of this research.


Nurhadi, K., Basthomi, Y., Sulistiyo, U., Widiati, U. and Misdi, M. (2024), "“Online group discussion was challenging but we enjoyed it!” an exploratory practice in extensive reading", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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