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Focus on Reading Oxford Key Concepts for the Language Classroom, Esther Geva and Gloria Ramírez. OUP, ISBN: 978-0-19-400312-4

Like other books in this innovative series, Focus on Reading links research and practice, concentrating specifically on learners aged 5–18. It provides various theoretical frameworks, explores their pedagogical implications and, finally, establishes ‘what we know now.’ Five chapters analyse what is involved in reading comprehension, considering a range of issues such as how reading in L1 facilitates reading in L2, authentic versus graded reading material and the challenges of academic texts. I enjoyed learning about the characteristics of online reading and ‘assistive technologies’, and the transition between ‘learning to read’ and ‘reading to learn’. The 10-page glossary is helpful. Fascinating.

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