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Promoting Extensive Reading within the English Language Course. MATE Day, Inezgane, April 2008. A. Zoubair. What is it?. « Reading large amounts of materials for general understanding » « to get students reading in the second language and liking it ». II. Terminology.

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Promoting Extensive Reading within the English Language Course

MATE Day,

Inezgane, April 2008.

A. Zoubair.


What is it?

  • « Reading large amounts of materials for general understanding »

  • « to get students reading in the second language and liking it »


II. Terminology

  • 1. Pleasure reading

  • 2. Free voluntary reading

  • 3. SSR

  • 4. . . .


III. Extensive versus intensive reading:

  • Amount

  • Purpose

  • Guidance

  • Level

  • Speed

  • . . .


IV. Rationale

  • provide input

  • promote autonomy

  • develop reading habit

  • maximize enjoyment

  • foster other skills

  • gain insights into cultures

  • . . .


V. Formats

  • 1. one-page stories

  • 2. picture stories

  • 3. cartoons

  • 4. graded readers

  • 5. . . . .


VI. Features of successful extensive reading programmes:

  • Amount of materials

  • Choice

  • Variety

  • Level of comprehension


5. Post-reading work

6. Role modeling

7. Keeping track of progress

8. Monitoring


VII. Evaluation

  • What extensive reading opportunities are offered to our learners?

  • How does the component compare against the criteria?


¤Bibliography

  • -Davis, C. (1995). Extensive reading: an expensive extravagance? ELT Journal, 49, 329-336.

  • -Day, R. R., & Bamford, J. (1998). Extensive reading in the second language classroom.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • -Grabe, W. (2002). Reading in a second language. In R.B. Kaplan (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of applied linguistics (pp. 49-59). New York: Oxford University Press.


  • -Hill, D. R. (1997c). Setting up an extensive reading programme: Practical tips. The Language Teacher, 21(5), 17-20.

  • -Krashen, S. (1993b). The power of reading.Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

  • -McCracken, R. A. (1971). Initiating sustained silent reading. Journal of Reading, 14, 521-524, 582-583.

  • -Renandya, W. A. (2007). The power of extensive reading. RELC Journal, 38, 133-149.


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