Effectiveness of extensive reading in Second Language learning : a study on the development of linguistic skills in reference to reading
AuthorShelly, Shahina Akter
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Over the past few decade extensive reading has been gaining support and recognition in second language learning pedagogy. There are numerous articles that show the benefits of extensive reading in English for both foreign and second language learners. Although extensive reading has gain recognition in many countries and is being practiced, in Bangladesh it is still mostly unknown. There are few studies regarding extensive reading have been done in Bangladesh but the educational institutions are still following the traditional method in classrooms. As a result, the learners get little opportunities to improve their English. This paper aims to show the benefits of extensive reading and how effective it can be in improving the learner’s second language proficiency. The paper will discuss what extensive reading is and how does it differ from intensive reading. Various studies will be discussed to show that extensive reading is not only effective in developing learner’s reading ability but also improves other skills. This paper mainly focuses on the improvement of reading ability and other related skills like- vocabulary, grammar, motivation. Both qualitative and quantitative methods have been used to conduct this research. This paper was concluded with some suggestion to implement extensive reading in Bangladeshi university and schools to help the learners improve their second language learning. It is suggested in the paper that a combination of initiatives such as raising awareness, teacher training and changing the existing format of teaching can promote the practice extensive reading among the learners.