Extensive reading and foreign language production (plenary)

Zuzana Strakova, Ivana Cimermanova & Michaela Sepešiová, ID CLEaR2017-496;      Abstract: Extensive reading through reading programmes offers a systematic approach towards the development of reading throughout the school year. Including reading programmes into a year plan opens opportunities for learners to be exposed to the target language through meaningful practice on a regular basis. Immersion into the target language has at the same time profound effect on the development of individual language skills and sub-skills. Research conducted at three elementary schools engaged learners (n=152) in extensive reading programmes for the period of one year with the focus on the influence that reading acts had on the development of other language skills, especially productive skills - speaking and writing. The effect was measured by pre-tests and post tests and significant differences in favour of reading inclusion into regular class activities were found. This study, however, focuses on the participants’ view of this inclusion and how teachers as well as learners perceived the change in their curriculum. The methods of individual interviews and questionnaires were used for data collection. Results support the idea that reading improves general proficiency self-perception of learners and encourages learners to be more involved in language production activities than while working with textbooks.