PAUL GOLDBERG (XREADING)

THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE EXTENSIVE READING : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

Extensive reading provides students with comprehensible input, an essential component for language acquisition. However, establishing a library of graded readers can be expensive. Fortunately, there are digital alternatives. However, online extensive reading means much more than students being able to read graded readers any time they want on their computers or smartphones. It can put powerful tools like an interactive dictionary, character lists, audio-on-demand, and book ratings, right at their fingertips. Additionally, online extensive reading also provides benefits to educators. It allows teachers to easily monitor their students’ reading progress. Teachers can know which books their students have selected, how many words they read, and even their reading speed. In this presentation, the speaker will explain how teachers can get the most out of using online extensive reading with their classes and demonstrate several free and commercial websites for online extensive reading.

Paul Goldberg has taught English in Venezuela, Spain, Korea, the US, and currently Japan. His main area of interest is extensive reading. He is the founder of the online ER platform, Xreading, which he developed to make extensive reading more accessible for students and easier for teachers to manage.