20 09 2012

My French Quest

A Case for Extensive Reading

In the Spring of 2005, I received a treasure chest of knowledge that opened up a new world to me; the French language.  A retired French Professor for West Texas A&M gave me four boxes full of classic French literature from her personal library.  These wonderful novels included works from the great writers  Balzac, Camus, Hugo, Moliere,  Baudelaire, Zola, Voltaire, Flaubert as well as grammar instruction texts from the early 1900’s.

Through extensive reading, using these tools, I began to learn the French language. Richards and Renandya in their book Teaching Reading state that, “Many foreign language students often have reading as one of their most important goals. They want to be able to read for information and pleasure, for their career, and for study purposes” (Section 12).  These extensive readings helped lay the foundation for my learning of the French language.

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