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September 19, 2013

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Richard Day receives Milne Innovation Award

richard-r-day.jpgRichard R. Day, the Founding Chair Emeritus of the Extensive Reading Foundation, has been awarded the John. A. Milne Innovation Award in the Service of Extensive Reading. The award was presented at the 2nd Extensive Reading World Congress, held at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, Sept. 13-15, 2013.

Richard Day is Professor in the Dept. of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i. He has been active in promoting Extensive Reading for over three decades. In addition to being the founding chair of the Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF), Day is the co-editor of the journal, "Reading in a Foreign Language." He is also the author or co-author of numerous articles, book chapters and books on Extensive Reading, most notably "Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom" and "Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language," (both Cambridge University Press, co-authored/co-edited with Julian Bamford).

Day has been a visiting professor at Ubon Rajathanee University and Assumption University in Thailand, Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies in Vietnam, and Ashiya University in Japan. He has also led teacher development workshops in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Marc Helgesen, Chair of the ERF, said at the ceremony, “Richard has been and remains a promoter of Extensive Reading and a teacher, mentor and friend to reading teachers around the world.”

The Award is named in honor of John Milne. As creator of the Heinemann Guided Readers series in the 1970s, Milne believed that the traditional grading of vocabulary and structure was not enough to make a book suitable for language learners. He therefore took a different approach, basing his series on good, clear writing, relevant content, careful explanation and control of information, and intuitive word and structure control. These innovations have been crucial in the development of language learner literature.

The Extensive Reading Foundation, founded in 2004, aims to promote Extensive Reading as a highly effective means of language learning. To this end, the Foundation offers annual awards to the best new graded reader titles, maintains an annotated bibliography of research into Extensive Reading and conducts other activities to promote research and the implementation of Extensive Reading.

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