Extensive reading through the Internet: is it worth the while?


  • Juan Pino Silva
Keywords: extensive reading (ER), w-ERP, reading online, self-directed learning


Reading materials written in English is the prime goal of many reading programs around the world. Extensive reading (ER) has for years aided new students at my institution to gradually acquire large vocabularies and other sub-skills that are needed to read fluently. To continue to do that effectively, a new scheme involving the use of internet - called w-ERP- was set in place in collaboration with the students. The main focus of this article is to describe the 3-phase, gradual process that led to the current design of the web-based ER scheme. The paper begins with a brief discussion of ER, reading on line (RO) and self-directed learning as part of the rationale for the new scheme. Participants’ preliminary data on the benefits and potentials for learning to read and reading for learning other things are discussed.


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Pino Silva, J. (2009). Extensive reading through the Internet: is it worth the while?. International Journal of English Studies, 9(2). Retrieved from https://revistas.um.es/ijes/article/view/90761