Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Marti Anderson


In this paper I explore the advantages and benefits of extensive reading in an ESL classroom. The purpose of my paper is to further my understanding of reading in a second language and to start the process of implementing an extensive reading program for my particular teaching context. In the first half of the paper there is an overview of reading in a second language, the benefits of extensive reading and Louis M. Rosenblatt's aesthetic and efferent reading stances. The last two chapters focus on particular challenges, issues and questions I must resolve before I am able to implement extensive reading into my curriculum. I also discuss what type of activities I believe will enhance my students' extensive reading experiences.


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