Well Begun is Half Done- Study on an English Extensive Reading Project in a Chinese University

Fuqin PAN


Starting from the characteristics and the benefits of extensive reading, this paper gave a detailed description of an English extensive reading practice carried out in a Chinese university. It pointed out problems found in the process, and analyzed the results of a questionnaire survey at the end of the practice. The case study discovered that most university students have difficulty in judging their own English reading ability and cannot match their language proficiency with their reading levels efficiently. Teachers’ participation in the project emphasized on teachers’ helping students objectively measure their reading levels, recommending appropriate books, organizing diverse activities to enhance reading interest and persistence. Guidance focused on the establishment and maintenance of a dynamic reading list based on students’ English reading levels including Graded Readers. In addition, teachers should carefully consider the evaluation means of reading practice, avoiding adding tremendous pressure to readers, for the ultimate goal is to develop students’ extensive reading autonomy on a regular basis.


Extensive reading; Reading levels; Graded readers; Teachers’ roles

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