Books on ER

Here is a handful of books the focus on Extensive Reading that you might find helpful.

Teaching Extensive Reading in Another Language, by I.S. P. Nation and Rob Waring (2019), ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series, 1st Edition, Routledge

Covers all aspects of extensive reading in second and foreign language contexts. The book serves as a major update to the field on the topic, with current research findings on extensive reading as they relate to motivation, reading fluency, and vocabulary learning, among other topics.

Extensive Reading, by Richard Day and Jennifer Bassett (2016). Into the Classroom Series, Oxford University Press, Revised Edition

Describes and explains what is meant by extensive reading and its contribution to language learning; explains what is meant by a graded reader and what makes a good graded reader; Understand how a graded readers series is written and how it supports extensive reading; Explains how you can use class readers, class libraries, and class reading circles; Includes four Case Studies to provide an insight into setting up extensive reading programmes in Jordan, Bahrain, and Japan. (From OUP promo site)

A Community of Readers: Interviews with Extensive Reading Scholars and Practitioners, by Michael McCollister (Editor), 2014, Amazon Kindle Edition

Community of Readers is a collection of interviews with experts in the field of extensive reading. These include David R. Hill, Paul Nation, Rob Waring, Marcos Benevides, Philip Prowse, Syying Lee, Jennifer Bassett, Wendy Lambert and more. The purpose of this collection is not to offer a prescribed set of rules regarding extensive reading as it to ask readers to participate in a discussion of ER theory and practice.

Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language,  by Julian Bamford and Richard R. Day
(Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers, 2004

This volume contains contributed articles from ER practioners on how to extend the benefits of ER when used in the classroom.

Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom, by Richard R. Day and Julian Bamford
Cambridge Language Education, 1998

This is the book that initially defined “Extensive Reading” and which provided a guide towards setting up and effective program. Later articles have challenged many of the “charcteristics of extensive reading” mentioned there in ascribing some characteristics as more essential than othes, depending on the learning context.


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