Extensive reading (ER) is approach to the teaching and learning of a foreign language (FL) that involves students reading large quantities of material in the new language. The goal is to help students learn to read the FL. Research has clearly demonstrated that we learn to read by reading. This may be accomplished through an ER program.
Students who engage in ER also improve their overall language proficiency and their attitudes toward the FL and their motivation for learning the FL. It can be blended into any language course and program, regardless of the focus or methodology.
Among the key components of an ER program is that the students must have access to a large number of books that are easy for them to read. Another key component of an ER program is that the students choose what to read.