This month we were privileged to have a promotional presentation by Paul Goldberg. We learned about differences in extensive reading and intensive reading and why it isn’t enough by itself. Paul outlined some of the shortcomings of currently practiced extensive reading as well as to intensive reading. After discussing the shortcomings, Paul showed us his online solutions designed to assist teachers and students in overcoming these problems.
Online extensive reading means students are able to read graded readers on their computers or smartphones. It can put powerful tools like an interactive dictionary, character lists, audio-on-demand, and book ratings, right at their fingertips. Also students can read whenever and wherever they want, not just while at school or at the library. Using a learning management system such as Xreading allows teachers to monitor and track their students’ reading progress with greater accuracy. Teachers can know which books their students have selected, how many words they read, and even their reading speed. In this presentation, the speaker, who developed the learning management system Xreading, explained how teachers can get the most out of using online extensive reading with their classes. Other websites that might supplement Xreading were also introduced.