Pros And Cons Of Extensive Reading

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EXTENSIVE READING AND TESOL 1.0 INTRODUCTION Reading is one of the four major important skills that we are required to master in the process of learning English Language in schools or other institutions. Reading has always been a crucial area in language acquisition. Reading is one of the most important skills other than listening, speaking and writing skills. In this digital age, reading is losing its fame due to the technological advancements and sophisticated gadgets like internet and smart phones. The ‘digital natives’ or the students of the 21st century considers reading as a laborious and time-consuming process. The students do not favour the whole process of joining many words together and creating meaning in thick, bulky and non attractive books. Some students who love reading are mostly drawn to digital stories or e-books which are widely accessible via the internet and smart phones nowadays. Extensive reading (ER), is an approach to reading pedagogy that encourages students to engage in a large amount of reading or is an instructional option that has been steadily gaining support and recognition in the field of second language (L2) reading pedagogy (e.g., Day & Bamford, 1998;Grabe, 2009; Grabe & Stoller, 2011). Sometimes called by alternative terms such as…show more content…
Despite many undeniable successes and evidences supporting Extensive reading, implementation of some extensive reading programmes have been less than a complete success. Greaney (1996) notes that in many countries, Extensive Reading programmes must bear with problems such as lack of reading materials and unprepared teachers. Teachers all over the world are bogged down with various tasks at schools. Never-ending paper works, new policies and implementations, courses and meetings, complains and disciplinary issues among students are barriers that hinder teachers’ involvements in such
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