ERF 2021 Annual Report

Despite travel restrictions and teachers being busier than ever with their online work, the ERF has made considerable progress in 2021! Here is a bulleted list of topics mentioned in the full report, which you can download here.

  • The Language Learner Literature Awards were announced online instead at a physical event.
  • The ERF Annotated Bibliography now has over 800 searchable entries.
  • In conjunction with IERA and the U.S. Embassy, we have completed a series of workshops and webinars.
  • New websites have been created collecting links to free material.
  • ERAW-2021 was a great success and more is in store with ERAW-2022.
  • The ER-MOOC has started with participants from 8 countries.
  • MReader is being updated for better convenience and functionality.
  • Our publisher/sponsors have all stayed on board for another year.
  • We are growing more branches (affiliates) including Mongolia (MERA) and TERA (Thailand).
  • We conducted our tri-annual elections resulting in a slight change in the Executive Board membership.

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ERAW draws huge online crowd!

The ERF’s first worldwide online event, “Extensive Reading Around the World 2021” was an amazing success with over 750 registered participants attending their own choice of more than 110 sessions that were offered during the 5-day event. In addition to the advertised 3-day conference, Friday through Sunday, there were workshops on the days before and after as well as some other special events.

Flash card use can speed up vocabulary growth.

Dr. Paul Nation delivered his keynote address on August 15 focusing on how vocabulary can be enhanced through extensive reading. His talk, as well as many of the others are available now for anyone to view at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheErfoundation/videos.

The videos are captioned and with an automatic transcript available from the “…” menu. The presentations that were automatically saved while being streamed are located at: https://tinyurl.com/ERAW2021-channel.

Due to the current pandemic scourge, the ERF Board as decided to delay our bi-annual “Extensive Reading World Congress” until 2023, while holding yet another ERAW event during 2022. The dates and schedule for presentation submissions will be announced soon.

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