Kobe JALT:

Extensive Reading: Documenting Its Efficacy and Understanding How To Do It

Date: Saturday, November 26th, 2011 Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Speaker: Beniko Mason

This presentation will report on the studies from 1997 to the present that investigated the effects and efficiency of comprehension-based methodology on EFL in Japan using Japanese university students. The results of these studies consistently show that the combination of free reading and listening to stories is not only an effective means of foreign language acquisition, but is also highly efficient. This presentation will also suggest some factors that will contribute to a successful and problem-free ER program.

Beniko Mason first began her ER program in 1984 in Japan. Her first question was whether ER was more effective than the traditional reading method, then whether it alone was better than the eclectic method, and finally whether reading alone was more efficient. She has also reported on how to start and set up an ER program, and what factors contribute to creating a successful ER program. Her publications are found at: www.benikomason.net.

Organization: Kobe Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kobe JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Kobe YMCA (2-7-15 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe. tel: 078-241-7204) Room 301

Location: Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan


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