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Free Voluntary Reading [Paperback]

by Stephen D. Krashen
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May 18, 2011 1598848445 978-1598848441 1

Free voluntary reading looks better and more powerful than ever. Stephen D. Krashen, PhD, is an advocate for free voluntary reading in schools and has published many journal articles on the subject. Free Voluntary Reading: Power 2010 collects the last ten years of his extensive work and reconsiders all aspects of this important debate in light of the latest findings.

The book provides an accessible examination of topics, such as free voluntary reading's value in language and literary acquisition domestically and worldwide, recent developments in support of free voluntary reading, whether rewards-based programs benefit the development of lifelong reading, the value of phonics in reading instruction, and trends in literacy in the United States.

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• Comprises a decade's worth of study and analysis on free voluntary reading

• Presents findings that point to the success of FVR in other cultures, and exposes the lack of evidence for the effectiveness of Accelerated Reader

• Presents and organizes information in reprints of articles written by Stephen Krashen and published in journals worldwide

• Addresses 83 generalizations about research that point to the success of FVR in developing literacy

"In this must-read book, Krashen has assembled a collection of his recent journal articles about FVR from a variety of journals teacher librarians would not normally see crossing their desks."


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Everyone is in agreement that children must develop strong reading skills in order to become successful students—and later, effective adults. The unsettled, ongoing controversy among educators is which method delivers the highest reading competency. What does the research indicate about the effectiveness of free voluntary reading as compared to other learning models?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 1 edition (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598848445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598848441
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another MUST-READ book by Krashen December 4, 2011
This is another MUST-READ book by Stephen Krashen.

What I liked the best about this book is that Krashen declares in the introduction on the first page that his hypotheses have been correct all along and look stronger than ever, while rival hypotheses look weaker than ever!

In Chapter 1 Krashen generalizes the effects of free reading from published research results in 83 areas.

In Chapter 2 Krashen shows that the power of reading applies to all languages, first language, second language, and heritage language, with evidence (correlational studies, case studies, and empirical studies).

In Chapter 3 Krashen discusses extensive reading, a term used in the EFL field for FVR (free voluntary reading). This chapter is a meta-analysis Krashen conducted on published studies that were done using adolescents outside of English-speaking countries who participated in extensive reading. The reason for this analysis was to investigate the power of reading further in order to see its strength across studies.

In Chapter 4 Krashen talks about how not to do FVR. As it become evident that FVR is not only effective but efficient for language acquisition, some people began to take advantage of this and added extras in order to give the impression that they were creating something new.

One of them is Accelerated Reader. Krashen fears that Accelerated Reader has begun to spread into the EFL field world-wide. He says that despite claims made by the creators of AR, there is no evidence that AR works, and the money spent on AR should be spent on buying more books. In fact, there is reason to believe that AR might be harmful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Krashen makes his point loud and clear! August 18, 2011
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For those parents that think more worksheets, more writing, more lists to memorize will make their child successful, Krashen obliterates those myths with stacks of research supporting instead the simple activity of reading. He summarizes findings from several studies in easy-to-understand analysis and leaves the reader wanting to read more....and more...and more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Great Volume of Research on Voluntary Reading August 13, 2011
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Terrific book from Stephen Krashen about how Free Voluntary Reading affects English language acquisition for both first and second languages. Most of the research has been done in English but there is evidence that it is true in other languages too. A short book with a lot of good information!
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If you want to know how to make kids like reading, this is a must read. Krashen has done a metastudy of reading studies, and yet, this is concise and easy to read. It is a how-to-manual for teachers, a guidebook for educational leaders who could avoid wasting precious funds on canned reading programs, and a help to parents who want to ensure that their children's schools are doing the right thing when it comes to reading instruction.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I havent got it yet! April 15, 2014
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I bought this in Feb. I havent got it till now! Where is my book? I ordered 700 USD books from Azazon, they only sent me one book! not this one!
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