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June 07, 2004

Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Award

The Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF) is a new, unaffiliated, not-for profit group to support and promote extensive reading in language education. As its first initiative, the ERF has established an award for language learner literature (graded readers) in English. There are four categories of the Award for individual books: Adolescents & Adults (3 categories - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) and Younger Learners. The Award is annual, for books published in the previous year. However, in 2004, the inaugural year, the Award is for any books in print and copyrighted up to and including 2003.

Publishers are invited to nominate up to three books in each category. The nominated books will be read by an international jury of teachers and extensive reading professionals who will come up with a shortlist of three books in each category. Language learners and their teachers worldwide are then invited to vote online for their favorite books among these "Finalists". By regularly recognizing books of outstanding quality and appeal, the Award aims to support the development of language learner literature in English, and to encourage extensive reading in language programs.

In this inaugural year, publishers nominate books by June 30th, 2004. The Finalists are announced on July 31st, 2004. Online voting commences on September 1st and closes on September 30th. The winners of the first Awards will be announced toward the end of the year. The ERF plans two further awards, for innovation and for outstanding achievement. The names and details of these will be announced shortly. For information on the ERF and on how to vote for the Finalists, see the ERF homepage. Publishers who want details on how to nominate books should send an e-mail request.
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