Events Archive

Below is information on past Extensive Reading Events including Seminars, Colloquiums and some other events in which the ER SIG participated.

The 10th Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th October, 2018

  • Time: Main presentations on the 14th (more information coming)

  • Place: YMCA International Cultural Center, Hiroshima

  • Chair: Thomas Bieri

  • Site Chair: Daniel James

  • Theme: Reflections on Extensive Reading

  • Speakers: Previous and Current Coordinators: ...


The 4th Extensive Reading World Congress

The ER SIG co-sponsored the 4th ERWC held at Toyo Gakuin University, Tokyo from August 4 - 7, 2017. Various officers and members contributed their time and effort to make this a 200% successful conference.

The 9th Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd October, 2016

  • Time: 9:00 ~ 17:00

  • Place: Nanzan University, Nagoya

  • Chair: Thomas Bieri

  • Site Chair: John Howrey

  • Theme: How do you do it?

  • Plenary Speakers: Anna C-S Chan and Kiyomi Okamoto

The 8th Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 ~ 17:00
  • Place: Seinan Jo Gakuin University, Kitakyushu
  • Chair: Heather Doiron
  • Theme: What is Extensive Reading?"
  • Plenary Speakers: David Beglar Temple University, Japan Campus Title: The DNA of Extensive Reading

                                 Takayuki Nakanishi Dokkyo University, Title: 英語多読の活用と実践 Extensive Reading Practices in and outside your classrooms

Sponsored by:

Oxford University Press Pearson Japan
National Geographic/Cengage Macmillan
Abax Lexxica
Nellie's English Books  

The 7th Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

The ER SIG in association with the VOCAB SIG and JERA.

  • Date: Sunday September 28, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 ~ 17:00
  • Place: Keisen University, West Tokyo
  • Chair: Mark Brierley
  • Theme: Covering the Text: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
  • Plenary Speakers: Dr. Charles Browne: Covering your bets: The connection between reading and high-frequency vocabulary
  • Dr. Junko Yamashita: Reciprocal relationships between vocabulary and reading comprehension/語彙と読解の相互関係 
  • Sponsors: The JALT West Tokyo Chapter and Cambridge University Press 

The ER Colloquium at JALT 2013 Conference was a great success. We extend our thanks to everyone who helped organize it and who participated in it. A special thank you to Richard Lemmer for MC-ing and time-keeping the event. Each presenter gave 15 minute presentation sessions followed by a 5 minute Q & A time in a round-robin arrangement. 

The presenters and topics with the guiding theme of Learner and instructor insights were:

  • Thomas E. Bieri - Nanzan University: ER in Japanese Universities: How They Do It. 

  • Peter Hourdequin and Satomi Shibata - Tokoha University: Student Narratives of Extensive Reading Investment 

  • Eleanor Kane - University of Shimane: Reader Response Journals for ER

  • Stuart McLean - Temple University: Incidental vocabulary learning measured during a yearlong experimental study

  • Rob Waring - Notre Dame Seishin University: The Relationship between Speed Reading and Extensive Reading

  • Mathew White - Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and Sophie Muller - Chukyo University: Navigating Extensive Reading Through Uncharted Territories

  • <Young-Joo Jeon - Mokwon University: Boom in ER Classrooms in Schools of Korea 

                                   Kunihide Sakai - Extensive Reading から tadoku へ

  • Workshop: Donalyn Miller - Creating Classrooms Where Readers Flourish
  • Sponsors: The JALT Extensive Reading SIG in collaboration with JALTCALL2013, Oxford University Press and Lexxica

The 5th Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: July 1st, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Place: Sugiyama Jogakuen University
  • Theme: Extensive Reading: Research and Practice
  • Plenary Speakers: Dr. S. D. Krashen - The Route to Academic Language Proficiency and

                                   Junko Yamanaka - ER-Teachers are the key to ER success.

  • Workshop: Dr. S. D. Krashen - The Comprehension Hypothesis Extended
  • Sponsors: The JALT Extensive Reading SIG and Sugiyama Jogakuen University

The 4th Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011
  • Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Place: Okayama University, Tsushima campus.
  • Plenary Speakers: Rob Waring and Atsuko Takase
  • Sponsors: The JALT Extensive Reading SIG, Okayama JALT, and the Foreign Language Center of Okayama University.

The 3rd Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: Sunday, July 4th, 2010
  • Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Place: Hokkukai Gakuen, Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Plenary Speaker: Marc Helgesen
  • ​Saturday workshop: Tom Robb: Creating Moodle ER quizzes (Hokusei Gakuen University, 1 - 5 pm).
  • The JALT Extensive Reading SIG and Hokkaido JALT.

The 2nd Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: Sunday, July 5th, 2009
  • Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Place: Gogaku Center, Kinki University, Higashi Osaka City
  • Plenary Speaker: Rob Waring
  • Sponsors: The Extensive Reading SIG, and the Osaka and Kyoto Chapters of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).

The Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar

  • Date: Sunday, October 12th 2008
  • Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (14:00-16:00)
  • Place: Hiroshima City Plaza
  • Chair and Co-chairs: Daniel Stewart, Bjorn Fuisting, Alison Kitzman & Myles Grogin
  • Speakers: See below
  • Sponsors: Co-sponsored by the JALT Extensive Reading SIG and the JALT Hiroshima Chapter.
  • The ER Seminar is a chance for people in western Japan to see 4 of the 8 presentations from the ER Colloquium at the JALT2008 International Conference in Tokyo from October 31st to November 3rd.

          1. Implementing Sustained Silent Reading campus-wide: issues and results
          Eleanor Kane
          University of Shimane

          2. Extensive reading and the low level university student
          Fiona MacGregor
         Josai International University

         3. Automating the Book Sign-out Process in an Extensive Reading Programme
         Daniel Stewart
         Kaisei Academy

         4. Motivating Reluctant Learners to Read Extensively with SSR
         Atsuko Takase
         Kinki University