Analyzing the Extensive Reading Approach: Benefits and Challenges in the Mexican Context

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Aurora Varona Archer


Some scholars have highlighted the benefits of using extensive reading as a way to motivate students to learn a second language (L2). This article is derived from a study that aimed at implementing extensive reading in an action research project in a public University in Mexico. Therefore, the following article examines some arguments of different researchers who have carried out extensive reading studies in contexts of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). The implementation issues of this reading approach are also analyzed by the approach’s constraints and educational practices in the Mexican TEFL context. The concluding remarks are an attempt to contribute to the growth of future research in the field of extensive reading in Mexico.

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Varona Archer, A. (2012). Analyzing the Extensive Reading Approach: Benefits and Challenges in the Mexican Context. HOW Journal, 19(1), 169-184. Retrieved from
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Aurora Varona Archer, Universidad de Veracruz

Aurora Varona works at the University of Veracruz in Mexico. She holds an MA in TEFL and is currently studying for her PhD in ELT at Southampton University. She is also member of the Editorial Board of Mextesol Journal.


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