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Intensive & Extensive Reading
Sebastian Loewenon 21 January 2013
Transcript of Intensive & Extensive Reading
Sebastian Loewen and
Ida Harff Extensive and intensive reading Extensive Reading Examples: novels
longer texts: consisting of mostly familiar vocabulary and grammar that are read only
for the pleasure in reading (voluntarily) reading great amount of texts in a short amount of time
not each word needs to be understood -> reading for general understanding of a subject
purpose: pleasure and information
emphasis lies on meaning, not language itself Definition: also " supplementary reading"
Palmer defined it as: "reading rapidly" Pros and cons: "massive comprehensible input"
improves: - general language competence
- knowledge of previously learned
- confidence with extended texts
- prediction skills
motivates to read
consolidates previously learned language
teaches about the culture of the target language users so easy that it doesn't feel like doing s.th. for language improvement
bad readers have to force themselves to do it, won't enjoy it
tendency to check every unknown word in dictionary improvement of language skills
like reading, writing, vocabulary or
understanding of grammar
opportunity for practicing techniques presented in former presentations Intensive Reading Definition: reading a text closely and carefully in order
to understand as much detailed information
"reading a text intensively"
"looking inside a text"
focusing on language: grammar, vocabulary, expression, structure
focusing on text content: specific information, answering comprehension questions Examples: short texts or passages
academic article Pros and cons: time consuming
getting frustrating after a while, because of constant concentration
texts too short to get the necessary knowledge
need of dictionary and grammar books understand more
getting detailed information- know more about the topic
develop a greater control of language
learn new vocabulary and expressions References: http://fis.ucalgary.ca/Brian/611/readingtype.html#disadvantagesintensive