Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom

Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom

Paperback Cambridge Language Education

By (author) Richard R. Day, By (author) Julian Bamford, Series edited by Jack C. Richards


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  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 13 January 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521568293
  • ISBN 13: 9780521568296
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 4 line figures 1 halftone 9 tables
  • Sales rank: 529,417

Product description

This original and engaging book makes the case that extensive reading provides essential practice in learning to read. This original and engaging hardback edition makes the case that extensive reading - the reading of large quantities of easy material - provides essential practice in learning to read. Extensive reading also develops a positive attitude toward reading so often missed in second language reading classrooms. The authors provide a theoretical foundation for this approach by examining the cognitive and affective nature of reading. They also offer a wealth of practical suggestions for implementing extensive reading, including integrating it into the curriculum, establishing a library, selecting reading material, and record-keeping evaluation. It contains a wide variety of classroom activities to supplement individualized silent reading, and a valuable bibliography of the best books written for English language learners.

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'... the meat of the book, detailed and practical advice on how to organise an extensive reading programme. A must for any teacher training library.' EL Gazette

Table of contents

Part I. THE DIMENSIONS OF EXTENSIVE READING 1 An Approach Less Taken: Extensive Reading Introduced; 2 A Cognitive View of Reading; 3 Affect: The Secret Garden of Reading; 4 The Power of Extensive Reading: Results from the Research; 5 Extensive Reading and the Second Language Curriculum Part II. MATERIALS FOR EXTENSIVE READING: ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT 6 The Cult of Authenticity and The Myth of Simplification; 7 Language Learner Literature Part III. THE PRACTICE OF EXTENSIVE READING 8 Setting Up a Program: Curricular Decisions; 9 Materials: The Lure and The Ladder; 10 The Extensive Reading Library; 11 Student Orientation; 12 Building a Community of Readers; 13 The Reading Community in Action; 14 Program Evaluation; 15 Taking the Approach Less Traveled