Claudia Civinini reports on who picked up the prizes at this year’s Extensive Reading Foundation awards
The Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF) Language Learners Literature Awards 2016 were recently announced at the Vocab@Tokyo Conference.
The award aims to support the development of language learner literature in English and to encourage extensive reading in language education. ERF encourages teachers and students to read the shortlisted books (see the list of nominees in the May 2016 Gazette) and to vote and comment online. The jury then chooses the winners taking into account votes. This year’s winners include many original stories, one of the most famous detectives in the history of English literature and plenty of aliens. Below are the 2016 winners, divided into six categories according to age group and language proficiency. Congratulations!
And the awards go to …
Very Young Learners
Vera The Alien Hunter 2 by Jason Wilburn and Casey Kim, illustrated by Seungjun Park and Bioh Kang (e-future Graded Comic Readers)
Vera The Alien Hunter 3 by Jason Wilburn and Casey Kim, illustrated by Seungjun Park and Bioh Kang (e-future Graded Comic Readers)
Adolescents & Adults: Beginner
Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, retold by Lesley Thompson, illustrated by Giorgio Bacchin (OUP)
Adolescents & Adults: Elementary
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb by Lynda Edwards (Scholastic Readers)
Adolescents & Adults: Intermediate
A New Song for Nina by Fiona Joseph, illustrations by Redbean Design Pte Ltd (National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning Page Turners)
Adolescents & Adults: Upper Intermediate & Advanced
Battle for Big Tree Country by Gregory Strong, illustrated by Redbean Design Pte Ltd (National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning Page Turners)