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    The Extensive Reading Foundation just sent out the Call for Nominations to all the publishers we know about. However, if smaller regional publishers in your
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      ERF LLLAwards Call for nominations
       The Extensive Reading Foundation just sent out the Call for Nominations to all the publishers we know about. However, if smaller regional publishers in your area, you might want to let them know. In several cases, smaller independent publishers have won.

      Thanks for spreading the word.

      Marc Helgesen


      The Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Award 2012
      Call for Nominations
      For information about the Award, see
      http://erfoundation.org/awards

      Nomination Procedure

      The Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF) invites publishers to nominate individual graded readers or other material for extensive reading for its 2012 (9th Annual) Language Learner Literature Award.

      1. Eligible material

      English-language graded readers, or other text for extensive reading, copyright 2011

      By graded reader, we mean an original or adapted book of nonfiction or fiction designed for second/foreign language students to read an extensive amount of text. A graded reader is often written to certain specifications--lexical, grammatical, or other-- so that it is suitable for English learners of a certain level of ability. It is assumed that learners spend most of their time with the book actually reading (as opposed to doing exercises, answering comprehension questions, etc.). A graded reader may contain exercises and questions at the end of the book, or between chapters. By readers, we are not referring to what are often called "reading skills" books.

      Books published in calendar year 2011 but bearing a 2012 copyright date are not eligible for the 2012 award. Please apply in the following year.

      2. Award categories

      There are five categories of the Award for individual books:

      o         Adolescents & Adults (4 categories)
      o     Beginner (up to 300 headwords)
      o Elementary (301-800 words; CEF A1 & A2 levels)
      o Intermediate (801-1500 words; CEF B1)
      o        Upper Intermediate & Advanced (1501+ words; CEF B2, C1, C2)
      o     Young Learners (1 category) (up to age 11; 6th Grade)
      For Adolescent and Adult readers, see the classification on the
      ERF Publishers Page for guidance. If you are unsure which category to nominate in, or have other questions, please contact Marc Helgesen march@...
      and
      marchelgesen@....

      3. Number of books that may be nominated

      A publisher may nominate up to two (2) books in each of the five categories (i.e., a maximum of 10 books per publisher).

      4. Judging criteria

      We recognize that an award such as this is subjective. Among the criteria jurors will use in choosing the finalist books are:

      o        Intrinsic interest of theme or topic
      o    Readability for language learners
      o       Quality of writing
      o      Appropriateness and quality of illustration and graphic presentation
      o    Production factors including jacket design, general design, typography, standard of editing, and physical durability of book
      o    The evaluation of the book by teachers and students who provide input on the ERF LLL Award Feedback page.
      Jurors are looking for nonfiction and fiction books that will engage and satisfy the learner; in short, books that are "a good read."

      5. Procedure for nominating a book

      1. Send two (2) copies of each nominated book to Marc Helgesen, Jury Liaison, by December 26, 2011. His address is
      Prof. Marc Helgesen
      Dept. of Intercultural Studies
      Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
      9-1-1 Sakuragaoka, Aoba-ku,
      Sendai 981-8557 Japan

      Tel: +81 (0)22 277-6204
      fax: +81 (0)22 277-6208

      2. Establish an account on the ERF website,
      http://erfoundation.org. As a spam prevention measure, new accounts must be approved which may take up to 24 hours. To expedite approval, send a message to admin@..., explaining the reason for your application.

      3. Log into the ERF Moodle site and enter the particulars for your organization and each candidate title as instructed on the page.

      The URL is:
      http://erfoundation.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=4

      When you log in for first time you may be asked to enter the enrolment key: LLL-awards-2012

      6. Finalist Evaluation Program

      Three books in each category are selected as finalists. The publishers of these finalist books are requested to participate in the ERF Finalist Evaluation Program. For the program, 10 representative teachers from around the world are selected to receive two copies of each finalist book for reading and evaluation by their students. Publishers are requested to send their finalist title(s) to the teachers in March 2012 by air post or courier service.

      7. Nominations deadline

      Nominated books must be received by December 15, 2011.

      NB: Nominated books must be copyright 2011


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      Marc Helgesen
      Professor
      Dept. of Intercultural Studies
      Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
      9-1-1 Sakuragaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai 981-8557 Japan
      march@...
      Tel: +81 (0)22 277-6204
      Fax: +81 (0)22 277-6208
      http://www.mgu.ac.jp/~ic/helgesen/Helgesen.front.htm
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