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Free Voluntary Reading 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1598848445
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"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." - Teacher Librarian

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Stephen Krashen, PhD, is an advocate for free voluntary reading in schools.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 1 edition (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598848445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598848441
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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