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Title: Extensive Reading in English Language Teaching
Edited By: Andrzej Cirocki
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Second Language Teaching 05
Description:

This book presents a wide-ranging examination of extensive reading and its
great role in increasing literacy and language development as well as
fostering a positive attitude towards reading. The authors are first
concerned with theoretical issues pertaining to reading English as a
foreign or second language, showing how a theoretical model can be
instrumental in helping teachers to encourage their students to learn to
read. Then, the authors discuss the place and role of literature in
language instruction at different levels, ranging from primary to
university, where the term literature denotes both texts written for native
speakers and graded texts designed for language learners. Suggestions are
provided for integrating extensive reading into the curriculum,
establishing a library, and selecting reading materials. The authors also
present numerous benefits which can accrue from extensive reading, namely:
improvements in learners’ general language proficiency, reading fluency,
vocabulary acquisition, affective changes as well as developing
communicative and (inter)cultural competences – a priority of the
present-day EFL/ESL classroom. Finally, the text provides practical
teaching tips, including extensive reading programme guidelines, lesson
plans and activities. This innovative book will undoubtedly be a worthwhile
reference source for teachers, teacher educators, and teacher trainees for
years to come.

Contents

Table of contents
List of contributors
Preface

Section One
Developing reading skills in a foreign/second language

Diana Pulido
Developing reading skills in a foreign/second language

John Paul Loucky
Enhancing skills essential for effective reading

Section Two
Promoting Literacy Through Extensive Reading

Rob Waring
The inescapable case for extensive reading

David R. Hill
The place and role of graded readers in the EFL context (ER programmes)

Ronald P. Leow
Simplified written input and its effects on L2 comprehension: What the
research reveals

Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich
What to read in extensive reading programmes: Teachers’ choices and
recommendations in view of the concept of the literary canon

Andrzej Cirocki
The place and role of literary texts in language education: A historical
overview

For the complete list of contributions, please see http://www.lincom.eu

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3929075660
ISBN-13: 9783929075663
Pages: 635
Prices: Europe EURO 88.00