Extensive reading – a circular approach to vocabulary acquisition

The benefits of extensive reading are well documented. It improves reading fluency, vocabulary retention, and helps one to absorb the language naturally, while enjoying a story. Ideally, the reader will forget they are reading in a foreign language, and become immersed in the text. One of the principles of extensive reading according to Bamford and […]

Comprehensible reading material for language learners

Reading is one of the most important elements of language learning. While speaking may be a priority for many, before long, reading ability becomes a necessity, especially if you live in a country where that language is dominant. When I moved to Japan in 2000, not being able to read was a source of great […]

Extensive reading – Who chooses the books? Teacher? Or Student?

Extensive reading, in which one reads books graded to one’s level, is an important element of foreign language study. Students should be able to read the book easily without a dictionary. One of the ten principles of extensive reading (Day and Bamford – Reading in a Foreign Language, Volume 14, No. 2 October 2002) is […]

Why not write your own graded reader?

English teachers tend to be creative. From making materials to use in class, to coming up with ways to explain vocabulary and grammar, they are constantly creating. Many teachers I have know have expressed interest in writing a textbook. I think every teacher has a textbook in them, but how about a graded reader? I […]