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This study examines the benefits of the Accelerated Reader program on ESL fourth and fifth grade students in a school in rural Western North Carolina. The study involved ten ESL fourth and fifth graders who had approximately forty-five minutes of time for free reading daily. The Accelerated Reader program was encouraged through the use of incentives. Monthly test reports were analyzed to determine increase in students' reading level and increase in quantity of students'reading. Anecdotal records provided evidence of improvement in students' reading behaviors and attitudes toward reading. While there was only a moderate overall increase in students' reading level, quantity of students' reading increased and attitudes toward reading improved.

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