I, first of all, just wanted to say a few words about the Extensive Reading Foundation. The work that is done by this organisation is so important. Reading is a huge challenge in many parts of the world that we operate in. We think of reading for pleasure and we think that it is something that all parents do with their kids, but in many parts of the world it doesn’t happen at all. And the work that we do in developing English language teaching readers is so crucial in building up the confidence of children and parents, to get that sense of reading as not just an activity for learning, but for social interaction and a joint enterprise that can benefit both generations. So thank you very much to the organizers because, to be honest, without events such as this, I don’t think “Reading” would be such an important part of IATEFL.
The Extensive Reading Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose purpose is to support and promote extensive reading. One Foundation initiative is the annual Language Learner Literature Award for the best new graded readers in English. Another is maintaining a bibliography of research on extensive reading. The Foundation is also interested in helping educational institutions set up extensive reading programs through grants that fund the purchase of books and other reading material.
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