My multiple initiatives to kick-start an extensive reading program using the MReader resource at 4 different institutions flopped for a variety of reasons. My disbelief in these failed attempts led to another kick at the can.
Dozens of outreach attempts through email, voice messages, coffee break chats, and scheduled meetings resulted in the opportunity to run a formal presentation to appropriate stakeholders. At last, the concept of using MReader as a motivational measuring stick while promoting an extensive reading culture was accepted.
At the college where I teach, the extensive reading program, monitored by the MReader, has now completed its first pilot and will encompass additional students and instructors in the fall. Why was I so persistent in promoting this package?
The MReader is affordable, accessible, motivational, supported, and can be integrated into a language learning curriculum. It leverages common graded readers that many English language-learning centers already own. If you do not think that there are any in your institution, have a good look around- you will be surprised!
MReader is a free, online resource developed in Japan to promote reading in and out of the classroom. It is accessible to students and staff of legitimate institutions, who are enrolled in the program via a simple electronic form. Tom Robb, the program’s lead and creator, provides initial MReader administrative support and offers assistance as the MReader program matures in an institution. There are several support resources through the MReader site including videos, manuals, and exemplars.
Reading is a very important focus at institutions with a large second language population. The Extensive Reading Foundation’s concept of natural reading both inside and outside of class for the pleasure of reading can be integrated into ESL and EFL curricula with the use of the MReader as a motivational tool. The MReader provides a means of tracking student progress as the term passes, and also makes existing graded readers more relevant to the learning process.
The MReader has a very simple interface that students can use immediately. Students locate a matching quiz from the MReader resource. After taking the quiz, the student can either collect a digital stamp indicating that they have passed the book quiz,or reread the book and retake the quiz.
Since the MReader is an online offering, it can be reused for new students with minimal technical effort at the teacher’s end. The number of graded readers that the MReader services grows every month. If you are inclined, you can even participate and add quizzes to the database.
Do you think that the MReader would be a good fit for your class or centre? See the links below.
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