Implementing an extensive reading program and library for adult literacy learners

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2007-10
Authors
Rodrigo, Victoria
Greenberg, Daphne
Burke, Victoria
Hall, Ryan
Berry, Angelee
Brinck, Tanya
Joseph, Holly
Oby, Michael
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University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
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This article describes the implementation of an extensive reading (ER) program with 43 first language (L1) and second language (L2) adult literacy students. Among them, 16% were nonnative speakers of English. The main principles considered in the design of the program were (a) purpose of reading, (b) reading tactics, (c) material used, and (d) teacher role. The program included sustained silent reading, book talk, and reading aloud. Because a well-equipped library is essential for a successful ER program, this article discusses practical considerations for implementing a library and establishes principles that could guide others working on similar programs. This article also discusses criteria teachers should consider when selecting books for a reading-aloud activity as well as the books and genres that were popular with our sample.
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extensive reading, adult literacy, read-aloud activity, sustained silent reading, book selection
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