IWTYAL 006: Which is better – intensive or extensive reading?

Today’s episode features a question from MaritunesButtoncelo: “Now that I’m at an intermediate level of English, which is better – intensive or extensive reading?”

In this episode:

  • What are extensive/intensive reading?
  • What are the benefits of each?
  • How language teachers use these approaches
  • The “intermediate plateau” and how to break through
  • Why speaking alone isn’t enough to help you reach an advanced level in a language

Strategies for extensive reading:

  1. Make sure choose something to read that you’re interested in
  2. Try not to use a dictionary whilst you’re reading
  3. Read things that are lower than your current level

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

“Graded readers” are books that have been simplified. Here are some examples:

 

 

 

 

Today’s featured resource

  • Alex Rawlings talking about reading at the Polyglot Gathering 2014

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