Dr Willy A Renandya is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching experience in Asia. He currently teaches applied linguistics courses at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has given numerous plenary presentations at regional and international conferences, and published extensively in the area of second language education. His publications include Language Teaching Methodology: An Anthology of Current Practice with Jack C Richards (CUP, 2002; 2008), Simple, powerful strategies for Student Centered Learning with George Jacobs and Michael Power (2016, Springer International), Inspirational stories from English Language Classrooms with Flora D Floris (2019, TEFLIN Press). He maintains an active language teacher professional development forum called Teacher Voices:
Self-selected Reading: A Teaching Approach that Works in Multilingual Contexts
As the use of English becomes more globalized and international communication becomes more frequent, it is no longer sufficient for L2 learners to be able to use English for basic and communicative purposes. A higher level of proficiency in English is needed to communicate with other speakers of English from diverse multilingual and multicultural backgrounds. One excellent way of increasing student proficiency is for teachers to use a teaching approach that encourages students to go beyond what is available in the classroom, exposing them to language that is linguistically and culturally richer and more diverse. In this plenary session, I shall first describe the enormous benefits of self-selected extensive reading in diverse L2 contexts and the remarkable empirical evidence that supports it. The next part of my talk outlines some of the key features of extensive reading and presents some of the main reasons why its implementation in the L2 classroom continues to be limited. I conclude by providing practical tips on how to implement a successful reading programme in the Asian region.
All are welcome, in particular classroom teachers and other language teaching professionals who are keen to help their students acquire a higher level of proficiency in English.