Extensive Reading: The Magic Carpet to Language Learning
Kyoto, Japan 3-6 September 2011
The Extensive Reading Foundation announces the First Extensive Reading World Congress, to be held on the campus of Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, Japan from 3-6 September 2011.
The World Congress represents the first time for all those involved with the extensive reading approach -- teachers, scholars, writers and publishers -- to gather under one roof for a conference dedicated purely to extensive reading.
“It is the first international congress focusing specifically on estensive reading. As such, it is both a new venture and a recognition of the important role that extensive reading can play in learning a foreign language. The field of extensive reading has grown rapidly in the past ten years.”
Richard R Day, Ph.D.
Teacher trainer, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Chair, Extensive Reading Foundation
“Considering the interest that Extensive Reading has generated over the past few years, one might say that this Congress is considerably overdue. I hope that this event will help define Extensive Reading as a formal discipline within the overall framework of second language teaching and learning.”
Thomas N Robb, Ph.D.
Teacher trainer, Kyoto Sangyo University
Chair, The First Extensive Reading World Congress
On this occasion Mr. Alastair Lamond, an experienced teacher that has been working and living in Japan for many years, will give a didactic presentation about the NEW ELI READERS.
Sunday 4 September
Motivating students to read more
Motivation, whether intrinsic or extrinsic, is never an easy area for teachers to tackle. ELI’s New Readers series is a welcome addition to the extensive reading world in Japan with their desire ‘to enrich reading as well as facilitate understanding and language learning without diminishing the pleasure of reading’. The presenter will illustrate in a brief introduction to the series how the New ELI Readers provide all the tools for the teachers to extrinsically motivate their students to read and for the students to motivate themselves by enjoying reading more, simultaneously creating or reinforcing good language learning habits.
Monday 5 September
Using readers to enrich, facilitate and grow
ELI’s Readers catalogue states that their readers ‘aim to enrich reading as well as facilitate understanding and language learning without diminishing the pleasure of reading’. Depending on the level, this environmentally-friendly series does this with a mixture of illustrated dictionaries, exercises for revision, cut out bookmarks, Before You Read Activities, glossaries, After You Read Activities, cultural dossiers and Test yourself sections. The presenter will show how teachers can use these features to address and grow, among others, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, emotional responses, learner autonomy and co-learning/peer teaching as well as various skills connected with both extensive and intensive reading.