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
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.
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.