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Introducing Extensive Reading StAIR

Introducing Extensive Reading StAIR

This project is about introducing the concept of Extensive Reading to second language learners, especially English learners, who are already high beginner or above and new to using Extensive Reading. In the Japanese context, these are likely to be students just starting university English courses or possibly in high school courses with Extensive Reading.  ...

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Scott Pangrazzi
Scott Pangrazzi (Teacher (K-12))
8 years ago

Thomas, I think the greatest take away from your STAIR is how detailed the information you provide is.  In each and every slide you break down the information into its simplest form and this allows the individual viewer to really think about extended readng.  Also, I like the check-ins that serve as quizzes throughout the STAIR.  They seem to be evenly spaced out and allow the viewer to be quizzed on an acceptable amount of information they had to digest.

A couple of areas I would look for improvement is removing the sound transitions that are apart of this presentation.  A large portion involves information being placed periodically throughout and these many transitions can be distracting as you are trying to process the information.  Also, I would allow more information to be introduced at once so the STAIR does not take as long to grow through, but provide slightly more time inbetween transitions so the information can be processed better.

Technical Remarks:

The video at the beginning did not work, but I am starting to see a connection between errors when downloading from GoogleDocs so I am not sure if there is anything that could be done to fix that.

Time spent reviewing site: 40 minutes
Lindsay Silver
Lindsay Silver (Teacher (K-12))
8 years ago

Overall, I thought that your presenation was very informative and well put together.  I really liked the navigation tools at the bottom of your presenation.  I thought it made it easy for students to work at their own pace, spending time reading through the presenation.  I also like the role play activity towards that presentation.  I liked the feedback it gave and how the students had to put all their knowledge to answer the questions thoughtfully.


One thing that I thought you could improve upon are the animations that you had on the slides.  I liked that they grabbed the attention of the viewer on each slide but I found it a little distracting when I was reading the slide.  I had to re-read to make sure I got the information.  You might just want to put the sound with the first bullet point and not the rest.  I also found that the red writing was a little hard to read at times.  You may want to try a more dull shade of red.


I also had some technical difficulties; please see below.

Technical Remarks:

I was not able to view your video introduction about what Extensive Reading is.  I clicked on the video but nothing ever happened.  Because of this, I was a little confused at the beginning of the presenation.  I also found that sometimes that arrows on the pages were not working and it wouldn't let me move ahead or go back to the previous slide unless I started over at the beginning.  Lastly, I was not able to use the link to e-mail you at the end because my default mailer isn't set up.  You may want to add your e-mail address to the slide in case other people run into this problem as well.

Time spent reviewing site: 55