Using Informal Articles in Extensive Reading (ER) Program: A Personal Experience

Chothibul Umam


In this digital age, informal articles which contain some valuable informations and extensive input to develop the learners’ language proficiency are easily found on internet or other reading sources. Unfortunately most literature shows that informal articles are not widely used in extensive reading (henceforth ER) program. For this reason, the paper introduces steps procedure in using informal articles as authentic material in one semester ER program for Indonesian EFL college learners. The procedure is developed on the basis of my great interest in creating innovative way in teaching ER at one of the State Institute for Islamic Studies in Indonesia. The proposed steps are expected to be an alternative pathway in teaching ER for English teachers particularly at a college-university level.


Keywords: Extensive Reading, informal article.

Copyright © 2015 by Al-Ta'lim All right reserved


Extensive Reading, informal articles

10.15548/jt.v22i3.142 Abstract view : 404 times PDF : 321 times

Full Text:



Anderson, N. (1999). Exploring second language reading: Issues and strategies. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle

Baleghizadeh, S. (2010). The impact of student-initiated interaction on EFL reading comprehension. Studies in Literature and Language, 1(4), 20-28.

Bamford, J., & Day, R. R. (Eds.). (2003). Extensive reading activities for teaching language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bamford, J., Day, R. (Eds.), (2004). Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Bell, T. (2001). Extensive reading: Speed and comprehension. The Reading Matrix, 1.

Day, R., & Bamford, J. (2002). Top ten principles for teaching extensive reading. Reading in a Foreign Language 14(2), 136-141.

Floris, F. (2008). Developing English for general academic purposes (EGAP) course in an Indonesian university. K@ta, 10(1), 53-62.

Fuisting, B. (2014). Principles and Practice of Extensive Reading. The Journal of Extensive Reading in Foreign Languages. 1(1), 15-20

Gilmore, A. (2007). Authentic materials and authenticity in foreign language learning. Language Teach, 40, 97-118.

Guariento, W., & Morley, J. (2001). Text and task authenticity in the EFL classroom. ELT Journal, 55(4), 347-353.

Guo, S. (2012). Using Authentic Materials for Extensive Reading to Promote English Proficiency, English Language Teaching; Vol. 5, No. 8

Helgesen, M. (2005). Extensive reading, effective reading. Paper presented at the meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (San Antonio, Texas, USA, April, 2005).

Iwahori, Y. (2008). Developing reading fluency: A study of extensive reading in EFL. Reading in a Foreign Language, 20/1.

Jordan, R. R (1997). English for academic purposes: A guide and resource for teachers. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.

Kusanagi, Y. (2004). The class report 2: Course evaluation of Pleasure Reading Course. The Journal of Rikkyo University Language Center, 11, 29–42.

Mason, B., & Krashen, S. D. (1997). Extensive reading in English as a foreign language. System, 25, 91–102.

Nishino, T. (2007). Beginning to read extensively: A case study with Mako and Fumi. Reading in a Foreign Language 19/2, 76-105.

Nuttall, C. (1996). Teaching Reading Skills in a Foreign Language. Macmillan: Heinemann.

Rivers, W. M. (1968). Teaching foreign Language Skills. USA: The Universit of Chicago Press.

Prowse, P. (2002). Top ten principles for teaching extensive reading: A response. Reading in a Foreign Language 14(2), 142-145.

Richards, Jack C. and Richard, S, (2002). Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics. London: Pearson Education Ltd.

Sheu, S. P. H. (2003). Extensive reading with EFL learners at beginning level. TESL Reporter, 36, 8–26.

Susser, B., & Robb, T. N. (1990). EFL Extensive reading instruction: Research and procedure. JALT Journal 12(2) 161-185.

Taguchi, E., Takayasu-Maass, M., & Gorsuch, G. J. (2004). Developing reading fluency in EFL: How assisted repeated reading and extensive reading affect fluency development. Reading in a Foreign Language, 16, 1–23

Yu, H. C. (2006). A case study in the application of authentic materials texts: findings after using the New York Times Monday weekly on the United Daily News. Canadian Social Science, 2(6), 23-31



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2015 Al-Ta lim Journal

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

View Stats
Al-Ta’lim Journal published by Faculty of Islamic Education and Teacher Training UIN Imam Bonjol Padang

Copyright © Al-Ta'lim Online Journal, Print ISSN 1410-7546 Online ISSN 2355-7893, All rights reserved

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.