What is extensive reading?

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What is extensive reading?

  1. 1. What is extensivereading? (and whyshould learners do it? )Tara McIlroy. Academic Literacies: ReadingKanda University of International Studies. 2013.
  2. 2. Topics for thispresentation:What is reading: some definitionsWhat is extensive reading?What does ‘easy’ mean when extensive reading?Why should learners do extensive reading?How should learners do extensive reading?
  3. 3. “Good things happen to students who read agreat deal in the new language”Bamford & Day, 2002, p.1
  4. 4. Definition 1: readingread·ing/ˈrēdiNG/Noun1. The action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud:"suggestions for further reading"; "reading skills".2. Written or printed matter that can be read: "his main reading was detectivestories".Merriam Webster dictionary definition.
  5. 5. Definition 2: reading“TV in yourhead, if donecorrectly”Urban dictionary
  6. 6. Definition 3: reading“reading is when I sit down with a book,relax with the world that is created by thewords on the page, and be completelyabsorbed in that experience. Reading is myfavourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon”Tara’s definition of reading
  7. 7. ex·ten·sive/ikˈstensiv/Adjective1. Covering or affecting a large area.2. Large in amount or scale.Synonymswide - large - vast - spacious - broad - ampleMerriam Webster Online DictionaryExtensive: definition
  8. 8. Extensive reading is.....+
  9. 9. Extensive reading“Extensive reading is an approach to languageteaching in which learners read a lot ofeasy material in the new language”Bamford and Day, 2002, p.1
  10. 10. Extensive readingmeans...Reading without needing a dictionaryReading fast, for fluencyReading to get the story and mainideaHaving a real reading experience,similar to reading in the first language
  11. 11. What does ‘easy’ meanwhen doing extensivereading?
  12. 12. Examples of easyreading material
  13. 13. ‘Easy’ meansOnly 1-2% of unknown words on a pageReading can be done without checking thedictionary frequentlyWhen you are reading, you look and feel likeyou are reading naturally
  14. 14. Why should learners doextensive reading?
  15. 15. Reasons for extensivereading“improved confidence in reading”“better writing, listening and speaking skills”“positive attitudes towards learning”Reading research: Bamford and Day, 2002
  16. 16. Why should learners doextensive reading?
  17. 17. Student experiences“At first I was not sure how extensive readingwould be useful for me. Next I tried lots ofbooks and really got into the habit of reading. Bythe end of the semester I could read threebooks a week and my confidence reading andusing English really improved.”Yuki, KUIS student
  18. 18. Student experiences“Why did I start to love extensive reading? Iread lots of books and my reading became fasterbecause of that. I learned about stories fromdifferent countries and could talk about thingswith more detail. Finally, my motivation went upbecause I could see my own progress.”Akira, KUIS student
  19. 19. How should learners doextensive reading?
  20. 20. STEP 1: find out what kind of book is ‘easy’STEP 2: decide on some genres you likeSTEP 3: start reading in your free time.STEP 4: read as much as you can and takenote of how much you are reading
  21. 21. You havethe right toreadhowever youwant to
  22. 22. Read a lot, and read widelyRead easy booksChoose your own readingRecord your reading: books, levels, etc.Summary
  23. 23. Final message
  24. 24. Happy reading!

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