Extensive Reading: Resources and Strategies for Intermediate and Advanced Learners of Norwegian
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Research has demonstrated the value of extensive reading to second language acquisition. However, reading in a second language classroom, in particular when access to reading materials is limited, is often restricted to passages available in the textbook. Therefore, teachers play an important role in promoting reading through creating classroom libraries, providing suggestions, including in-class reading activities, and talking to students about the role of reading in language development. Aiming to empower teachers of Norwegian to stock their libraries with varied reading materials and use those materials in their classrooms, this paper gives an overview of some available sources that can be used with intermediate (B1–B2) and advanced (C1–C2) learners as well as methods for including extensive reading in the classroom. Following a brief overview of the theoretical background on extensive reading, the paper explains how the discussed materials can be used to promote extensive reading in a second language both in the classroom and at home, including the use of specific strategies and activities such as free voluntary reading, sustained silent reading, book flood, literature circles, and book battles.