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Comprehensible and Compelling

The Causes and Effects of Free Voluntary Reading

by Stephen D. Krashen, Sy-Ying Lee, and Christy Lao

 

Human beings acquire language when we understand what we hear or read, but acquisition happens best when the input is highly interesting, or compelling. This book explains how to apply this principle to make free voluntary reading a powerful tool for literacy development.

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November 2017

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 106
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/Reading Promotion and Literacy
  Librarian's Instructional Role/Curriculum and Instruction, K-12

A joint effort from three thought leaders in educational research, linguistics, and literacy acquisition, this book explores the latest research that shows that compelling comprehensive input (CCI) is the baseline for all language and literacy development.

It has been established that encouraging reading at all student levels supports literacy—not just literacy in terms of having basic reading and writing abilities, but in being able to perform advanced reading as well as having well-developed listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills. But what kind of reading has the most benefit for young learners? And why? Comprehensible and Compelling: The Causes and Effects of Free Voluntary Reading examines the most recent research and literacy testing results from around the world that document how reading materials must be comprehensible and compelling to bring success. It also presents research findings that show how libraries directly support literacy development, providing arguments and proof that will be invaluable in advocacy efforts for funding and program development.

Features

  • Addresses and interprets current international research on literacy development
  • Documents the value of libraries in providing access for literacy development
  • Provides compelling research-based arguments for reading aloud, free voluntary reading, and reading to one's strengths
  • Identifies and explains the three stages in the development of the highest level of literacy: hearing stories, self-selected recreational reading, and specialized reading in an area of deep personal interest
Author Info

Stephen D. Krashen is an influential and prolific author, linguist, and researcher who has written nearly 500 books and articles in the fields of literacy, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, and bilingual education. A global advocate of reading and the importance of the role of reading in language acquisition, his publications have received numerous awards, including the Mildenberger Award (Modern Language Association) and the Pimsleur Award (American Council of Foreign Language Teaching). In 2005, Krashen was added to the International Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame. He is the 1977 Incline Bench Press Champion of Venice Beach and currently trains at Gold's Gym.

Christy Lao, PhD, is a professor of education, founding director of the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University, coordinator of the Chinese Bilingual Program, and principal investigator and director of several major federal projects. She initiated, negotiated, and established the first Confucius Institute on the West Coast in 2005. Lao also teaches in the Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education Program and has published widely with a focus on Chinese language learners. Her research interests are in the areas of second language acquisition, bilingual education, Chinese language teaching pedagogy, reading and biliteracy development. Previously, she was a faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University, and at Hong Kong Baptist University. For the past 25 years, she has worked with Chinese bilingual schools and teachers in San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, and China.

Sy-Ying Lee is currently professor at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and chair of the Department of Applied Foreign Languages. Her research interests include issues related to second language and literacy acquisition, extensive reading, reader-text interaction, and blogging. She has published numerous professional papers in national and international scholarly journals and one monograph, and has made more than 50 presentations in professional conferences throughout the world and more than 30 workshops for preservice and inservice teachers. Lee has received the Outstanding Specialty Award given by the Taiwan Ministry of Science & Technology and has received the Teaching Excellence Award from National Taipei University. She holds a doctorate in language and literacy from the University of Southern California School of Education.

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