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Extensive Reading, Because it Works!
This is Professor Thomas Robb from Kyoto Sangyo University, and he is one of the world's renowned experts on extensive graded reading.  Q: Tell us. Why should students do extensive reading? Dr. Robb: Why? Because it works. I've done it for Japanese as well. Really? Yeah. So I chose a mystery novel... Read more
Happy Memories
By Dr. Richard WisemanReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about re-living happy memories. Research shows that reflecting on what went well yesterday, no matter how trivial the event will make you feel happier. So simply think back about the last 24 hours and focus on what went well.... Read more
Gratitude Attitude
By Dr. Richard WisemanReadOasis Step 2 Note: the following is a text of a short talk given by Richard Wiseman.  This exercise is all about the power of gratitude. Research shows that thinking about aspects of your life for which you’re grateful will make you feel happier. So spend... Read more
Fred Astaire, Dancer Extraordinaire
ReadOasis Step 3 "Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained." -- Fred Astaire It was a dark time. In 1929, the American economy crashed. Many people lost all their money. Almost half the banks... Read more
Get Your Goals!
By Richard WisemanReadOasis Step 3 Note: the following is a text of a talk given by Richard Wiseman.  "I tracked the lives of 5,000 people as they attempted to achieve their New Year's resolutions. Now most of them failed, but ten percent did obtain their aims and ambitions. But what... Read more
Reading Should Be Fun!
Interview with Dr. Charles Browne, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University. This is "Charles the Great," from Meiji Gakuin University, and of course, English Central and many other places. And affectionately known as "Charlie." We are going to ask him a couple of questions about extensive reading. ... Read more
ReadOasis: So here we are with Dr. Paul Nation, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wellington, Victoria (New Zealand).  And of course one of the most well-known linguists in the world. It's an honor to have him. Just one quick question for our learners: How can extensive graded reading help... Read more
Change in 59 Seconds
By Professor Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 59 Seconds is about the science of self-help. So one part of the book explodes commonly held myths. So for example, the idea that to motivate yourself, you have to visualize the perfect you. From a scientific perspective, that's a disaster. What... Read more
The Goodbye Bacon Blues
ReadOasis Step 3 With apologies to all my pig farming and hog farming friends, I wrote this song, a blues song about bacon. Today I read the news.They say that bacon is bad for you.For effect, it’s like a cigarette.If you eat a lot, you'll be full of regretGoodbye... Read more
The As If Principle
By Richard WisemanReadOasis Step 3 In 1884, the great American Philosopher William James had a radical idea. James argued that if you behave as if you’re a certain type of person, you become that person. Decades of research has shown that James’s idea applies to all aspects of your... Read more
Is Extensive Reading Good for You?
Here is a short interview with Dr. Richard Day. Dr. Day is a Professor at the University of Hawaii in the Department of Second Language Studies. He is a well-known and highly regarded linguist. In this interview on ReadOasis TV, Professor Day answers this question. Is extensive reading good... Read more
Reading Dreams (TV)
In this video, Amane talks about her reading dream. Please login to read the rest of the story, or join ReadOasis today! Read more
Dr. Day on Extensive Reading (TV)
Transcript of the video. Extensive reading is an approach to the teaching of language which involves the students reading a lot of books that are easy and interesting and that they choose. Even though we say extensive reading is an approach to the teaching of reading, we've discovered through... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 1)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) We're doing this for a few minutes just to briefly go over some of the fundamental concepts in our work in language acquisition. I'm gonna divide the presentation into three unequal parts. First, our theoretical work, and I'll be going through... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 2)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 2) Let me begin this discussion by making what may appear to be an outrageous claim. I think we all acquire language in exactly the same way. The reason this is an outrageous thing to say is that these days in education... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 3)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 3) Let me just give you the feeling for a couple of these problems. Let's say you're taking a standard language class, say it’s French, and it’s the beginning level. And today is the past tense day. Today is the day we’re... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 4)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 4) Let me now summarize in a minute what just took me 20 minutes to say. We acquire language in one way when we get comprehensible input in a low anxiety situation. Now if this is true, we then have to consider... Read more
Language Acquisition Theory (Part 5)
By Stephen Krashen ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 5) Just a brief review of what's going on now from my point of view with elementary language teaching. At the elementary level I think there are some fine methods that do what they're supposed to do. They provide comprehensible input in... Read more
Narrative is Easier for Learning Culture
ReadOasis Step 4 In this short video clip, Dr. David Hill speaks about liberal arts themes for extensive reading. He makes two basic points. First, when learners learn a language, they can benefit from learning culture, too. And this culture includes the themes of the humanities or liberal arts.... Read more