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ERIC Number: EJ1098660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
What Can Readers Read after Graded Readers?
McQuillan, Jeff
Reading in a Foreign Language, v28 n1 p63-78 Apr 2016
Nation (2014) concluded that most of the vocabulary one needs to read challenging texts in English can be acquired incidentally through voluminous reading. This study examines possible texts that second language (L2) readers can use to move from controlled-vocabulary materials such as graded readers, which go up through approximately the 4,000-word-family level, to more challenging texts such as newspapers, classic novels, and academic texts, at the 9,000-word-family level. An analysis of a set of popular fiction series books found that such books can provide a sufficient amount of input, with 98% vocabulary coverage, so as to serve as one possible "bridge" to more challenging texts.
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail: readfl@hawaii.edu; Web site: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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