The John Milne Innovation Award 2017

Tom receives his award

Tom receives his award

The Extensive Reading Foundation is delighted to announce that the 2017 recipient of the John Milne Innovation Award for services to Extensive Reading is our own Chair of the Extensive Reading Foundation Board, Thomas Robb. The award was presented by Professor Richard Day, the co-founder of the Foundation, at the Extensive Reading World Conference 4 at the Toyo Gakuen University in Tokyo on August 7th this year.

Tom’s contribution to Extensive Reading is huge; he is the creator of M-Reader, an on-line aid to schools wishing to implement an extensive reading programme, and he is a tireless advocate for ER at TESOL conventions worldwide. His wisdom, knowledge and enthusiasm have been major forces in making the Foundation what it is today, and in driving the latest very successful ERWC4. Although Tom has officially retired from Kyoto Sangyo University, there is no doubt that his work will continue to guide and influence Extensive Reading globally for many years to come.

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2017 Extensive Reading World Congress Scholarship winners

Scholars-allWe are absolutely delighted to announce the recipients of the Fourth Extensive Reading World Congress scholarship, pictured above. The application process was the most competitive to date, with thirty-two applicants vying for just seven places. Each scholarship includes transportation (up to $1000 US), hotel accommodation in Tokyo and a small per diem allowance, and each recipient is required to participate in the colloquium entitled “Implementing ER under difficult circumstances” on the last day of the Congress, so Congress attendees will be able to see the scholars in person.

An eighth scholarship with the same benefits and conditions, has been awarded by the Japan Extensive Reading Association.

Many congratulations to all the scholars; it will be great to meet you in Tokyo in August!


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