Congratulations to the ERWC5 Scholars!

These individuals have been selected to receive scholarships to the Fifth World Congress on Extensive Reading. All of these scholars are professionals actively involved in the teaching of or research into the Extensive Reading approach to language learning.

Christina Lhaksmita Anandari
Majid Fatahipour
Nida Husna
Lingala Raju
Gustavo Oaxaca Garcia
Soyoljin Sukhbaatar

Scholars Selected and Sponsored by the Regional English Language Offices Department of State, United States of America

Chhoun Mengsry — Regional Teacher Training Center, Kandal
Teng Bunthan — Regional Teacher Training Center, Kandal

Lanoke Intan Paradita — Muhammadiyah University Yogyakarta
Pratiwi Retnaningdyah — Surabaya State University
Billy Antoro — The Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture
Pangesti Wiedarti — Yogyakarta State University

Benedict Totanes — Taguig Science HS
Roma Marian F. Guadaña — Pag-Asa National H.S.

Vu Thi Hoai — Natl. U. of Economics, Hanoi
Vu Thi Thanh Hue — Thai Nguyen University

The application process was the most competitive to date, with seventeen applicants vying for just six places. When selecting the successful candidates, the following factors were taken into consideration:

  • The degree to which the candidate was already involved in Extensive Reading through either teaching or research.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the benefits as well as the problems with implementing an extensive approach to language learning.
  • The degree to which the candidate’s statement reflected the intention of ‘paying back’ the experience by spreading the word about Extensive Reading after returning home.
  • The degree of professionalism displayed in preparation of the submission materials.

All scholars agree to these terms: 1) To be present for the three main days of the Congress, 2) To participate in the colloquium entitled “Implementing ER under difficult circumstances” on the last day of the Congress. (Participation is optional if they have a separate, accepted presentation.) 3) To attend a meeting of all Scholars with members of the ERF board during the three main days of the Congress. 4) Upon their return, to endeavor to support the ERF’s mission. Some possible means of support would be: a) Presenting on Extensive Reading at local professional meetings, b) Participating in the annual review of books for the Language Learner Literature Awards, c) Translating the ERF Guide to Extensive Reading into your local language, or d) Creating a local social networking page on the Internet in the local language.  The ERF central organization will assist in these efforts. The scholarships include transportation (up to USD $1000), hotel accommodations in Taichung and a small per diem.