ER SIG: Using L1 to get more out of your extensive reading program

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Andrew O’Brien, Kyoritsu Girls’ Junior & Senior High School, Hachioji Campus

When deciding whether to allow Japanese into the English lesson, it’s important to consider not only the level of the students, but also the real objective of the activity. This article explores the use of L1 as a means to an end: to promote a sense of meaningfulness associated with reading in English and cultivate a shared sense of enjoyment, both of which are especially useful in any ER program.