- Use class libraries - whether with graded readers or other texts, the disadvantage here is the start-up cost, though if considered a long-term investment, the cost is negligible.
- If no library is available, a class box can be equally worthwhile.
- Have a dedicated reading class or book club - students read their text and then meet to discuss and do language and skills work.
- Have reading stations, as a follow-up to reading a novel, with short texts (for example, comics) related to the main theme.
- Have a class blog or wiki with links to articles about the reading material. Use it as a platform for written book reviews which generate interest in the texts, give writing practice and build a reading community. These reviews could also be recorded as interviews as a pairwork speaking activity or collected in a binder for use with future classes.
- @cioccas suggested that, instead of having a formal ER programme, it might be just as effective to talk to individual students about favourite books that you think they might be interested in and able to manage.
- Have a swap programme where students exchange books after reading them.
- Have a silent reading programme in class time - for example, 15 minutes where students just read - either the class text or something of their own choice. By doing this, students really get the message that reading is important. On the other hand, though, 'forcing' students to read like this might actually demotivate them. Also, @Shaunwilden suggested that class time should be used to encourage reading, but not necessarily to do the actual reading. Reading can be done at home - class time should be for talking. @reasons4 told us that if his Czech teacher did this, he'd complain!
- You could have the students listening to the text whilst reading. Although not strictly an ER programme, it might encourage reluctant readers, especially if it is a text which lends itself to evocative sound effects or if the story is read by a famous name (Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter or Tony Robinson reading Terry Pratchett books, for example) . It might help dyslexic students in particular. It could, though, turn students into slow, voice-dependent readers.
- Use the set texts with Cambridge ESOL exam students.
- Have a lot of short articles available for students to read - they read as many as they can and fill in a form about them.
- Use blogs or RSS readers as an alternative, non-fiction ER programme.
- A suggestion from @llea_dias - set up a Facebook group where students post as characters from a book they are all reading.
- It's the best way for students to consolidate their grammar.
- It's the best way to acquire vocabulary.
- It's a great way to access the wider world of English.
- It accelerates students' progress in second language acquisition.
Suggested by @Marisa_C:
- An introduction to ER
- A collection of articles for further reading
- Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom - a book preview
- Extensive Reading Activites for Language - a book preview
- A readable newspaper for topical ER suggested by @harrisonmike.
- @jezuden's reading blog suggested by @Shaunwilden.
- Jez Uden's BC seminar on the importance of reading for pleasure via @harrisonmike.
- @cybraryman1's Classroom Libraries page
- Read your way to better English from the OUP via @Shaunwilden.
- A newspaper for EFL students (2-month free trial available) suggested by @Books4English.
- BritLit suggested by @cioccas.
- @hartle's ER wiki page.
- Guided independent reading via @yya2.
- @hartle's results from an ER project
- Extensive reading via @yya2.
- OUP's extensive/graded reading help videos via @OUPELTGlobal.
- A repository of information on ER via @yya2.