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August 25, 2011

David R. Hill to call for replacement of "four mistaken concepts" at Extensive Reading World Congress

Teaching-English-in-Japan-Education-Eigo-Noto" David R. Hill, a seminal influence on the promotion of extensive reading, will be giving the keynote address as the forthcoming Extensive Reading World Congress in Kyoto (September 3~6). Professor Hill, who recently received the Extensive Reading Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, will question the following "accepted concepts in language education":

1) that the primary aim of education is social
2) that languages are culture-free codes
3) that the teaching of EFL, ML and L1 have nothing to do with each other
4) that extensive reading is an optional extra

Hill intends to provide the alternative to these principles, principles that he considers "mistaken and damaging".

See also:
Extensive Reading World Congress
Extensive Reading Foundation
The Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading

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