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Extensive Reading for English-Language Learners | Page 1

Marc Franco

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You have probably heard many times that avid readers have good vocabulary. If you are an English-language learner, reading also helps you improve your grammar and overall understanding of the language.

When you learn a new language, you can go about developing your reading skills in different ways. You can wait for a language instructor to tell you what to read, or you can take control of your learning experience.

The reading you typically do in school is referred to as intensive reading. Instructors select reading materials with a specific purpose in mind. They then help you explore the text by focusing on certain reading skills. However, effective readers do not limit themselves to intensive reading. They also engage in extensive reading. When you read extensively, you choose when and for how long to read. Your purpose is to read. You read to learn or simply to enjoy a passage.

Are you doing enough of both types of reading? Let’s look at extensive reading more deeply and talk about how you can engage in it effectively.

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