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ERIC Number: EJ1059712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
Principles Guiding Vocabulary Learning through Extensive Reading
Nation, Paul
Reading in a Foreign Language, v27 n1 p136-145 Apr 2015
Extensive reading is one of a range of activities that can be used in a language learning course. Ideally, the choice of activities to go into a course should be guided by principles which are well supported by research. Similarly, the way each of those activities is used should be guided by well-justified principles. In this article, we look at the principles justifying the inclusion of extensive reading in a course, and then look in detail at a set of principles guiding how extensive reading can best be carried out to result in substantial vocabulary learning. Extensive reading can result in a wide range of learning outcomes, but in this article we narrow our focus on vocabulary learning (for similar analyses of a wide range of vocabulary learning activities see Webb and Nation [in preparation]).
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Language: English
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