There is littledoubt that Englishreading plays a very important role in studying, researching and a lotother learning activities for many non-English students all over the world.Many researches have been done on different perspectives of English reading for non-English students, from its importance, the selection oftraining methods, to the proactive ness of extracurricular reading. There are so many researches out there that it is necessary and useful to sort them out as an attempt to extract the best out of them. Through comparison and analysis, this essay takes an in-depth look into some published researches on English reading for non-English students. After critically examining a range of studies on this topic and identifying key findings, this essay selects ten researches for detailed elaboration and analysis. They are divided into three groups based on their research perspectives: action research, post-positivism and interpretive. In each group, this essay also gives explanation of why they are grouped together,assessment on the relative strengths and limitations of varying approaches and some brief suggestions to improve it. In the end, this essay gives a conclusion in order to summarize the key points of the whole essay and to offer some brief suggestions and future prospective for the researches on the English reading for non-English students.
To sum up, as a study into ten published researches on English reading for non-English students, this essay selects ten researches, divides them into action research, post-positivism and Interpretive groups based on their research perspectives and gives further elaboration and comparison.These ten researches are done on the same topic and some research methods are either similar or the same. They also differ from each other in terms of design of methods, target groups and so on. Action research can be more practical and direct in solving problems but cannot give an in-depth understanding of the issue. Post-positivism excels in objectivity but replies too much on the design of research methods. Interpretive can be outstanding in explaining human behaviour but may not be objective enough compared to other methods.It is safe to say that there is no such thing as the best research method for all researches. The same research methods can work differently in different researches, depending on the specific situation.It is necessary that researches make an in-depth analysis on the situation when selecting research methods.If the time and effort are permitting, a combination of different research methods can be taken into consideration since such approach can not only gather the advantages of different methods, but also gives the researches views from different perspective of the same issues.