2013 Awards Reception and Ceremony

IMG_1485The winners of last year’s Language Learner Literature Awards were officially announced at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Harrogate, UK. On Wednesday 2nd April, conference delegates and special guests were welcomed by ERF board members to an informal gathering enlivened by the marvelous music of Steve Bingham on the violin.

The reception was followed by the awards ceremony which was presented by Jeremy Harmer accompanied by Steve doing the background music and special sound effects. Certificates were awarded to the authors of the winners in each of the five categories or their publishers’ representatives.

The Milne Innovation Award 2013 was granted to Professor Richard Day, from the University of Hawaii, one of the founding members of the ERF for his life-long commitment to the cause of extensive reading. Richard was not able to be present to the ceremony but accepted the award online.

The ERF would like to thank all the sponsors, especially the British Council and also IATEFL for all the support that make the LLL Awards ceremony possible. Thanks to the publishers and authors for keep investing in extensive reading and thanks to all who helped to organize the event.

Please click on the image below for a photo presentation.

To watch the recording of the event, click here

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Taiwan ER Seminar

Taiwan’s first Extensive Reading Seminar was held on March 7 at Feng Chia University in TaiChung.  The conference theme was, “ER: The Bridge to Fluency.” Nearly 100 teachers attended, double the number organizers had originally hoped for.

Marc Helgesen, Chair of the Extensive Reading Foundation and Syying Lee of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology were featured speakers.  Other speakers included Mark Richard of Oxford University Press, Chris James, Tunghai University professors James Sims, Caroline Luo and Marilyn Manno and Kris Vicca of Feng Chia University.

The event was organized by Michael McCollister of Feng Chia University and editor of “A Community of Readers: Interviews with Extensive Reading Scholars & Practitioners” (2013 Kuan Tang). The ERF supported the conference. Click below for the slide show.

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