Book Club Cafe: a new recipe for extensive reading

Lesley Speer, Jose Lara Herrera

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Introducing and sustaining an Extensive Reading program can be challenging for teachers and for language centres. Generally, whilst it is impractical to devote a great deal of the limited time during class to 'free reading', motivating students to read in their own time can be especially difficult. Introducing a reading program can also involve considerable costs and a substantial commitment of time for language centres. This paper describes the introduction of 'Book Club Cafe', an innovative Extensive Reading project, and its implementation through three phases at a university English language centre in Sydney. A practical but flexible model is provided for teachers who wish to implement such a program in their own teaching contexts. Finally, data is provided from an Exploratory Practice study which was conducted on the project in 2015 and which indicates that the program is successful and sustainable over time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalEnglish Australia Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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