Congratulations to the publishers who have one or more finalists for the annual Language Learner Literature Awards! The purpose of the awards is to encourage even better graded reading material as well as to help establish “language learner literature” as a valid and authentic genre of literature.
Three anonymous judges in each of the six areas selected these Finalists. Now, teachers who have volunteered to read the books and share them with their students will send in their comments and votes by June 30, 2023. The “Winner” in each category will be announced at the Sixth Extensive Reading World Congress in Bali.
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Cory Koby, ERWC6 Conference Chair, along with Rob Waring of the ERF Executive Committee visited Bali towards the end of January for a much-needed inspection tour. While the ERF has an affiliate in Indonesia, IERA, none of the current executive members live in Bali and running a conference of the scope of the 6th Extensive Reading World Congress without any “feet on the ground” is challenging to say the least. Fortunately, we knew Dr. Made Hery Santosa of Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha who kindly agreed to be the Local Chair. In addition, through the kind offices of Dr. Ni Luh Nyoman Seri Malini of Universitas Udayana, which is centrally located near the ERWC6 site, we have attained their cooperation as a co-host of the event. Another agreement with Universitas Mahasaraswati will be signed later. All three universities will offer support by recruiting student helpers, lending equipment and, in the case of U. Udayana managing the registration fees for Indonesian residents on behalf of the ERF.
The photo on the left shows, I Ketut Iwan Krisna S.E., M,Pd., (Head of Administration), Dr. Kadek Eva Krishna Handayani, (Secretary for International Collaboration), Cory Koby (ERWC6 Chair) and Local Chair, Dr. Made Hery Santosa. The photo on the right shows those attending the signing at Udayana, Carma Citrawati, S.S., M.Hum, (Lecturer in Balinese), Prof. Dr. Made Sri Satyawati, M.Hum. (Dean, Faculty of Humanities), Sang Ayu Isnu Maharani, S.S., M.Hum. (Head of Language Centre), Cory Koby (ERWC6 Chair), and I Gede Gita Purnama A.P., S.S., M.Hum. (Head of External Cooperation.
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