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In-put from Individualized Independent Reading -- Social, Cultural,
Linguistic and Pedagogic Contexts
This paper examines the role of independent reading as a source of language
in-put and of information for learners of English. It reviews research
on the outcomes of independent extensive reading programs
as they have been implemented in a range of contexts and cultures,
and identifies a range of cultural and contextual constraints on such programs.
It incorporates insights from case studies of independent readers in
Indonesia and Korea, and from the authors own experiences in implementing
and advocating extensive reading programs in Indonesia, Thailand,
Papua New Guinea and Australian ELICOS institutions. Finally, the paper
presents, an adaptable, low-cost, step-by-step frame-work for implementation
individualised independent extensive reading programs in schools and
institutions of higher learning.