VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Extensive Reading: Effectiveness versus Difficulties in the Implementation in a Local Context
Giang Hoàng

Building: B
Room: B403
Date: 2019-10-11 03:25 PM – 03:55 PM
Last modified: 2019-09-19


“The best way to improve your knowledge of a foreign language is to go and live among its speakers and the next best way is to read extensively in it” (Nuttall, 1982). Many researchers (Day and Bamford, 1998, 2002, 2004; Nuttall, 1996; Krashen, 1982; Morano, 2004) affirm that extensive reading brings about many benefits to leaners, including not only reading skills themselves, but also positive attitude and motivation to language learning, vocabulary gain, and writing. An extensive reading program has been carried out in a local college of teacher training in order to activate the effectiveness of extensive reading on 10 major English students. In the program, the students were required to implement a weekly reading outside the classroom. They were allowed freely, basing on their own interests and level of proficiency, to choose reading materials provided by the teacher or found from different sources, and then post their reading summary on the class facebook. The teacher and other students could provide comments on what a particular student had read. However, some difficulties, especially which are related to the students’ motivation, arose. This practice-oriented discussion intends to foster the positive impact of extensive reading on the students’ language development on the one hand, and tackle the arisen difficulties in the implementation on the other hand.


Extensive reading; effectiveness; practice-oriented