Dr. George Jacobs
Reading Alone Together: Combining Extensive Reading and Cooperative Learning
Extensive reading (ER) programs involve students in silently reading large quantities of material at their independent reading level. Research suggests that extensive reading is associated with gains in first and second language proficiency. Further, extensive reading can help learners develop a reading habit and increase their level of autonomy. Cooperative learning (CL) is recommended as a source of principles for organizing post-reading group activities. The heart of the workshop consists of participants experiencing a variety of post-reading group activities. The way these activities embody the cooperative learning principles is explained. Different post-reading activities are experienced both for when the entire class reads the same book, and when each student reads a different book.