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Reading is often described as being either intensive or extensive. Intensive reading is reading practice done with a shorter text. Much attention is usually paid to practicing the mechanics of reading (explicitly practicing particular reading styles such as skimming, scanning, reading for detail...) and to actual structures of text (grammatical features, discoursal features, features connected with genre). An intensive reading text is likely also used to introduce new vocabulary items. Practical Readings by Anthony Bruton and Angeles Broca is an example of a text that takes an intensive reading reading approach. In extensive reading, on the other hand, the emphasis is on reading large amounts of text and on developing reader confidence, reading fluency and reading speed. Extensive reading is often connected with the idea of graded reading, of using simplified texts. Come Fly With Us by David Capel is an example of extensive reading, as are the Helbing Readers that Abax carries in Japan. The two practices are of course not exclusive. Students can—and many would argue should—be doing both intensive and extensive reading.

 

An interesting case is that of the prize-winning Fiction in Action: Whodunit, designed as a bridge into extensive reading and which one of the authors, Marcos Benevides, describes as being intensively extensive.

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Fiction in Action: Spellbound  

by Adam Gray

  • For college and high school level reading classes
  • A coursebook that's a bridge to extensive reading

Level TOEIC® 350-550
ISBN 978-1-896942-54-4
Item(s) Text
Price ¥2268 (¥2100)

Fiction in Action: Whodunit

by Adam Gray and Marcos Benevides

  • For college and high school level reading classes
  • A coursebook that's a bridge to extensive reading

Level TOEIC® 450-650
ISBN 978-1-896942-33-9
Item(s) Text/Notebook/Audio CD
Price ¥2484 (¥2300)

Helbling Readers

by various

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  • Extensive reading for young adults.
  • Five levels of stories, both original and classic, with full-color illustrations.
  • Level 1: 400 headwords, Level 2: 600 headwords, Level 3: 1000 headwords, Level 4: 1500 headwords, Level 5: 1800 headwords

Level TOEIC® 250-400
ISBN
Item(s) Reader/Audio CD
Price ¥0 (¥0)

Helbling Readers Complete set 2013

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  • Extensive reading for young adults. The full set of 55 books.
  • Five levels of readers, both original and classic, with full-color illustrations

Level Levels 1/2/3/4/5 (400 --> 1800 head words)
ISBN 978-4-900819-67-2
Item(s) Reader/Audio CD
Price ¥71950 (¥66620)

Helbling Readers: Red Set 2013

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  • Extensive reading for young adults. 37 books.
  • Three levels of readers, both original and classic, with full-color illustrations

Level Levels 1/2/3 (400/600/1000 head words)
ISBN 978-4-900819-65-8
Item(s) Reader/Audio CD
Price ¥47174 (¥43680)

Helbling Readers: Blue Set 2013

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  • Extensive reading for young adults. 18 books.
  • Two levels of readers, both original and classic, with full-color illustrations

Level Levels 4/5 (1500/1800 head words)
ISBN 978-4-900819-66-5
Item(s) Reader/Audio CD
Price ¥24775 (¥22940)

Practical Readings

by Anthony Bruton and Angeles Broca

  • Focusing on how text 'fits' together
  • Intensive reading for young adult and adult learners of English

Level TOEIC® 400-600
ISBN 978-1-896942-11-7
Item(s) Text
Price ¥2160 (¥2000)

Come Fly With Us: A survey of the airline industry

by David Capel

  • Reading for knowledge and pleasure
  • Extensive reading for students of business English

Level Pre-intermediate and above
ISBN 978-1-896942-16-2
Item(s) Extensive reader
Price ¥864 (¥800)

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