I was reluctant at first to post this here since it doesn't directly
concern web-based communication, but then, on second thought, it does!
The Extensive Reading Foundation has asked the publishers of the
finalist books for the ERF Language Learner Literature Award to send 2
copies of each of their finalist titles to 10 teachers. Their
students are then to read the books and then -- and this is the online
part -- vote on their favorite book and explain why they liked it.
I'm pasting in the entire announcement below. Please post this on any
local lists that you might belong to if you think some of the members
might have students who would like to read the books.
Tom Robb, Japan
Applications Being Accepted for the Graded Reader Giveaway
Every year, the Extensive Reading Foundation recognizes the best new
graded readers in English. The finalists for the 2007 Language Learner
Literature Award were announced last Saturday at the IATEFL Conference
in Aberdeen, Scotland (see list at the end of this message).
The ERF solicits teachers with students who can help evaluate the
finalist books. This year the Award will be given in four categories:
Young Learners, and three categories for Adolescents & Adults:
Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.
In cooperation with the publishers, the ERF will arrange for two
copies of each finalist book in one category to be sent to ten
teachers per category who meet the following criteria:
1) The teacher or school has an extensive reading class or program in
place to which the supplied titles can be added.
2) Students can read, evaluate and vote for the books by the July 20
Students who read all the books in the category may directly cast
their vote at the URL at the end of this message. Alternately, groups
in the class, or the class as a whole may discuss the merits of the
books and cast a group vote.
To apply, send your request to trobb@...
-su.ac.jp stating the
category for which you apply, with a brief description of your class,
the number of students and their general reading level. Include your
postal mailing address and contact telephone number. In the event of
more than 10 teachers applying in one category, we will select for
balance of country and geographical area. Preliminary decisions will
be based on requests received by May 5, 2007 but requests after that
date will still be honored for any categories that have fewer than 10
We apologize that the timing of this announcement may preclude the
participation of classes in parts of the world where the school year
is about to close.
The finalist books in each category are:
Young Learners (3 books):
"The Boy Who Burped Too Much" (Stone Arch Books); "The Goose Girl"
Classic Tales Elementary 2 (Oxford University Press); "The Twelve
Dancing Princesses" Classic Tales Elementary 2 (OUP).
Adolescents and Adults
* Beginners (3 books): "Blog Love" Scholastic Readers Starter Level
(Mary Glasgow/Scholastic); "Let Me Out" Cambridge English Readers
Starter Level (Cambridge University Press); "The Story of Chocolate"
Easyread Level One (Black Cat).
* Intermediate (4 books): "Crossroads to Love" Teen Readers Level 3
(Aschehoug/Alinea); "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" Penguin
Readers Level 3 (Pearson); "Rabbit-Proof Fence" Oxford Bookworms
Library Stage 3 (OUP); "Strong Medicine" Cambridge English Readers
Level 3 (CUP).
* Advanced (2 books): "The Age of Innocence" Bookworms Library Stage 5
(OUP); "Barchester Towers" Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 6 (OUP).
for further information about the LLL
Award and how you may order your personal copies of the finalist books.