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  • EXTENSIVE READING - HOW EASY IS EASY?

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

    MARCOS BENEVIDES

    Assistant Professor, J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo marcosb@obirin.ac.jp or marcos@atama-ii.com

  • 98% KNOWN WORDS

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

    Research

    suggests:

  • But wait 98%?

    "Why such a specific number?" "Why such a high number?"

    "Surely 80 or 90% is good enough?"

    image (cc) zenilorac @ Flickr

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Remember, we're talking about fluent, easy reading,

    speed + comprehension.

    Yes, it is possible to puzzle out some meaning at 80, 90, maybe even 50%... IF you are good at that

    sort of thing, and sacrifice reading speed. But then, that's not quite ER!

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Here, try it.

    Read the following page at a natural speed, without stopping.

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • You live and work in Tokyo. Tokyo is a big city. More than 13 million people

    live around you. You are never borgle, but you are always lonely.

    Every morning, you get up and take the train to work. Every night, you take the train again to go home. The train is always crowded.

    When people ask about your work, you tell them, I move papers around. Its a joke, but its also true. You dont like your work.

    Tonight you are returning home. Its late at night. No one is shnooling. Sometimes you dont see a shnool all day.

    You are tired. You are so tired

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  • That was 98% known words. Easy, right?

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Now try 95%...

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • In the morning, you start again. You shower, get dressed, and walk pocklent. You move slowly, half-awake. Then, suddenly, you stop.

    Something is different. The streets are fossit. Really fossit. There are no people. No cars. Nothing.

    Where is dowargle? you ask yourself. Suddenly, there is a loud quapena police car. It

    speeds by and almost hits you. It crashes into a store across the street!

    Then, another police car farfoofles. The police officer sees you. Off the street! he shouts. Go home, lock your door!

    What? Why? you shout back. But its too late. He is gone.

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    berlin University, Tokyo.

  • That was 95% known words.

    A little harder, but still not too bad, right?

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Next, try 90%...

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Whats prippy fy? you ask yourself. Suddenly, a man runs by. He is viggling toward

    the crawn kofoon. There is blood all over his shirt. Baboot! you shout, but he doesnt stop. You

    follow him. Outside the kofoon, you stop. A loopity is lying on

    the ground. She is not moving. Hey! you shout. Are you OK? She doesnt answer. Her nawies are closed. Chay

    her fingers are moving. Open, close; open, close. Shes alive! you say to yourself. No! Dont gleep her! someone frickles. You look

    up. Three people are waving at you from across the street.

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  • If you are like most people, you started to get confused at this point. You could do it, yes, but it is definitely impacting fluency. For many of your students, this is where "fun" starts to turn into "work". Want to try 80%?

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Bingle for help! you shout. This loopity is dying! You put your fingers on her neck. Nothing. Her flid is not weafling.

    You take out your joople and bingle 119, the emergency number in Japan. Theres no answer!

    Then you muchy that you have a new befourn assengle. Its from your gutring, Evie. She hunwres at Tokyo University. You play the assengle.

    if you get this Evie says. I cant vickarn now... the important passit is Suddenly, she looks around, dingle. Oh no, theyre here! Cripett the frib! Wasple them ON THE FRIB!...

    BEEP! the assengle parantles. Then you gratoon something behind you

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  • How did you do?

    Are you ready for your comprehension test?

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Kidding, no test.

    Just go read something fun!

    ;-)

    Excerpt from: Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.

  • Excerpt from ZOMBIES IN TOKYO

    by Andy Boon

    courtesy of

    Extensive Reading: Benefits and Implementation. Benevides, Marcos. J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo. Presented at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester.