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ERIC Number: ED394277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Pages: 15
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Extensive Reading in English: Rationale and Possibilities for a Program at Shirayuri Gakuen.
Schmidt, Ken
Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen Journal of General Research, v24 n2 p81-92 1996
Reasons for establishing an extensive reading approach to teaching reading in English as a Second Language at a Japanese high school are enumerated, and some recommendations for implementing such a program are offered. Research on comprehensible input in language learning, particularly input from reading as an effective and efficient source, is reviewed. A distinction is made between extensive reading and intensive reading, and the advantages of the former in providing practice in decoding skills, reading success, and comprehensible input are noted. The discussion then turns to selection of appropriate reading materials, including graded readers, authentic texts, and children's literature. It is concluded that for a high school program, short novels, biographies, and story collections are practical and appealing to students, and graded readers accompanied by audiotapes are also useful. Three basic formats for extensive reading programs are described: students' simultaneous reading of class readers; use of class libraries; and use of reading materials from the school library. Quantity of reading to be assigned at different ability levels, and the means used to measure the reading actually accomplished, are also considered. Sample book report forms are provided. Contains 19 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan