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Reading ability All Learners Plenary

Extensive reading and vocabulary learning – before and during reading

Sun, Aug 15, 14:00-15:00 Asia/Tokyo Day 4

Extensive reading can achieve many learning goals besides being a very enjoyable pastime. In this talk I focus on vocabulary learning, considering what vocabulary knowledge needs to occur before extensive reading and how extensive reading can contribute to vocabulary learning.

As part of the knowledge needed when extensive reading begins, I look at word part knowledge and knowledge of how to learn and how these contribute to reading and vocabulary learning. Vocabulary learning during extensive reading is most effective if learners read at the right level because this allows the conditions of repetition, retrieval, varied meetings and elaboration to occur. If learners know how to manage their reading, they can increase their vocabulary knowledge, their reading skill and their fluency in reading.


Recording of Presentation

  • Paul Nation

    Paul Nation is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His latest books include How Vocabulary is Learned (2017) (with Stuart Webb), Teaching Extensive Reading in Another Language (2020) (with Rob Waring) and Measuring Native-speaker Vocabulary Size (with Averil Coxhead), and second editions of Language Curriculum Design (2020), Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (2020), and Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing (2020). His web resources site contains many free resources for teachers and researchers, including books, word lists, vocabulary tests, articles and resources for speed reading and extensive reading.