Language Skills College & University Education Practice-Oriented Short Workshop

The Fundamentals of Reading: New Perspectives for the Future of ER

Sponsored by the Extensive Reading SIG

Sat, Nov 13, 14:05-14:30 Asia/Tokyo

Location: Room 01

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Extensive reading (ER) research provides evidence for gains in fluency, vocabulary, and motivation. Practitioner reflections show that ER is underpinned largely by Krashen’s comprehensible input hypothesis and a whole-word approach. However, what about learners for whom ER is not working? To introduce a new perspective, this presentation highlights three fundamentals—the science of how we read, individual differences, and bottom-up reading processes—and invites a query into the future of ER and reading research.

  • Gregory (Greg) Rouault

    Greg Rouault studied Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University. With Stuart McLean, he co-authored a 2017 paper in System on reading fluency development featured by Nation and Waring (2020) as one of “the most important studies on extensive reading in a foreign language.” Other publications have appeared in The Reading Matrix, The Language Teacher, and ERJ (Extensive Reading in Japan). His research interests include ER; mind, brain, & education science; and task-based simulations for business English.