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Here's an introduction to extensive reading and why it should be done.

Here's an introduction to extensive reading and why it should be done.

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  • 1. What is extensivereading? (and whyshould learners do it? )Tara McIlroy. Academic Literacies: ReadingKanda University of International Studies. 2013.
  • 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. “Good things happen to students who read agreat deal in the new language”Bamford & Day, 2002, p.1
  • 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. Definition 2: reading“TV in yourhead, if donecorrectly”Urban dictionary
  • 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. 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. Extensive reading is.....+
  • 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. 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. What does ‘easy’ meanwhen doing extensivereading?
  • 12. Examples of easyreading material
  • 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. Why should learners doextensive reading?
  • 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. Why should learners doextensive reading?
  • 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. 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. How should learners doextensive reading?
  • 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. You havethe right toreadhowever youwant to
  • 22. Read a lot, and read widelyRead easy booksChoose your own readingRecord your reading: books, levels, etc.Summary
  • 23. Final message
  • 24. Happy reading!