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Implementing an extensive reading program and library for adult literacy learners

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Title:Implementing an extensive reading program and library for adult literacy learners
Authors:Rodrigo, Victoria
Greenberg, Daphne
Burke, Victoria
Hall, Ryan
Berry, Angelee
show 3 moreBrinck, Tanya
Joseph, Holly
Oby, Michael
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Keywords:extensive reading
adult literacy
read-aloud activity
sustained silent reading
book selection
Date Issued:Oct 2007
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract: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.
Appears in Collections: Volume 19, No. 2

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