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[ExtensiveReading] Digest Number 727

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  • Rory Rosszell
    Dear Neil,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 22, 2006
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      Dear Neil,
      >
      > Just had a quick look and it looks like a great website. Well done. Good
      > luck developing it from here.
      >
      > I'll have to have a closer look to see if the level of the books currently
      > available suits more advanced learners (e.g., EPER levels 4-6).
      >
      > I thought I should point out to those who may not be aware that RealPlayer
      > is unfortunately only 'free' for 2 weeks, and if you have a credit card -
      > which many (Japanese) students don't, and many of those who do are leery
      > to use it on the web.
      >
      > Cheers,
      >
      > Rory Rosszell
      >
      >> Message: 1
      >> Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 07:37:24 +0000 (GMT)
      >> From: NEIL HUGHES <neil.hughes15@...>
      >> Subject: extensivereading.co.uk
      >>
      >> Hi everyone
      >>
      >> I am writing to let you know about extensivereading.co.uk, a website I
      >> have set up to provide access to free online reading materials. The aim
      >> of the programme is to help learners making the transition from the
      >> classroom and textbooks to the autonomous reading of authentic texts. It,
      >> therefore, includes links to both modified material (graded readers,
      >> online news) and texts (short stories, comics and magazines) written for
      >> native speakers.
      >>
      >> The programme includes a short guide on how to access content within
      >> each of the chosen websites and tips on effective reading strategies. It
      >> has a link and explanation of how to use Ultralingua- a really cool
      >> online tool that allows any web page to be enabled for language
      >> assistance. I have also attached a web board to the programme. I am
      >> hoping that teachers will urge their students to use the board to discuss
      >> texts and recommend alternative readings and websites to each other.
      >> Hopefully, over time, a collaborative community of extensive readers will
      >> emerge in which learners can help each other to develop both their
      >> reading skills and level of general linguistic competence.
      >>
      >> I would really welcome any feedback on the programme. I would also be
      >> grateful for any recommendations you might have about reliable sources of
      >> free, modified/graded materials for inclusion on the site. I am
      >> particularly interested in any ideas on how the programme might be
      >> exploited by teachers. I will use the ideas generated as the basis for a
      >> teacher's page, which I will add to the website.
      >>
      >> All the best
      >>
      >> Neil Hughes
      >>
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