Extensive reading is, Thornbury (2017: 239) tells us, “the more leisurely reading of longer texts, primarily for pleasure, or in order to accumulate vocabulary, or simply to develop sound habits of reading. This is typically done outside class, using graded readers, authentic texts or literary texts.”

I’ve been a champion of reading in my courses and classes since I started working in ELT, and I don’t think there is any more complete language-learning exercise out there. Christine Nuttall (2005: 128) says that “the best way to improve your knowledge of a foreign language is to go and live among its speakers. The next best way is to read extensively in it. I love this second part, and couldn’t agree more, and that’s what this workshop is about.

In this course, we’ll discuss:

  • why reading is so important, and not just for language development
  • how to create an extensive reading program
  • how to choose books for an extensive reading program
  • some possible tasks we can use

And more! 🙂

For more information or if you have any questions, please write to me at higor@higorcavalcanteelt.com. To register, click here. To read about the whole series, click here.


Nuttall, C. 2005. Teaching Reading Comprehension. London: Macmillan

Thornbury, S. 2017. The New A-Z of ELT: A Dictionary of Terms and Concepts. London: Macmillan.