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June 07, 2005

Aichi Library Supports Extensive Reading

The current growing popularity of English extensive reading is behind a new lending service set up in a library in eastern Aichi Prefecture, according to an article in yesterday's Daily Yomiuri. Gamagori Municipal Library purchased about 1,400 books, including those designed for learners of English as a second language, and launched the service to help people learn English more comprehensively. The service is in keeping with the ideas of Kunihide Sakai, associate professor at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and president of the Extensive Reading Association in Japan. He advocates reading 1 million words in English as a benchmark for learning to think as a native English speaker does. The three rules of his method are: use no dictionaries while reading; skip over difficult words and phrases; stop reading the book if it is too content-heavy. The new library service was proposed last year by Hitoshi Nishizawa, a professor at the Toyota National College of Technology in Aichi Prefecture.
Library pushes English, 1 mil. words at a time (link will expire)

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