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Graded readers: How the publishers make the grade

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Title:Graded readers: How the publishers make the grade
Authors:Claridge, Gillian
Keywords:graded readers
extensive reading
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Date Issued:Apr 2012
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:Publishing graded readers is big business, but there is evidence that the texts themselves are not being read in sufficient quantity to improve language proficiency. This article reports on a study of graded readers, focusing on interviews with some major publishers of graded readers, to investigate their production rationales. The findings suggest that the opinions of the ultimate consumers, the learners, are not regularly researched, with publishers tending to base production more on the demands of teachers and librarians who buy the books. The largest quantity of graded readers is produced for the intermediate levels, although if pleasure reading is the main purpose of graded readers, it would seem logical to publish a greater number of texts at the lowest level, to inculcate good reading habits from the start.
Appears in Collections: Volume 24, No. 1

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