What is extensivereading? (and whyshould learners do it? )Tara McIlroy. Academic Literacies: ReadingKanda University of International Studies. 2013.
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?
“Good things happen to students who read agreat deal in the new language”Bamford & Day, 2002, p.1
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.
Deﬁnition 2: reading“TV in yourhead, if donecorrectly”Urban dictionary
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
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
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
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