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Intensive & Extensive Reading

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Sebastian Loewen

on 21 January 2013

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by Christine Lenitschek,
Sebastian Loewen and
Ida Harff Extensive and intensive reading Extensive Reading Examples: novels

magazine articles

business books

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
- writing
- 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
as possible

"reading a text intensively"

"looking inside a text"

"careful reading"

focusing on language: grammar, vocabulary, expression, structure

focusing on text content: specific information, answering comprehension questions Examples: short texts or passages

instruction manual

formal letter

academic article Pros and cons: time consuming

getting frustrating after a while, because of constant concentration

sometimes unnecessary

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
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