Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN: 2141-5161) Vol. 6(2), pp. 21-30, March 2015. DOI: http:/ Copyright © 2015 International Research Journals


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Availability and access of extensive reading resources for teaching and learning English: The Kenyan case

1Kennedy Indembukhani, 2*Paul Onsare Onchera (PhD) and 1Selina Alonya Kulo

1Moi University, School of Education, P. 0 Box 3900-30100, Eldoret, Kenya.

2University of Kabianga, School of Education, P. O. Box 2030-20200, Kericho, Kenya

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Received July 5, 2014;  Accepted January 7, 2015



This paper examines extensive reading as a method recommended for teaching English as a second language. Specifically the paper investigated the availability of extensive reading resources for teaching and learning and examined how extensive reading is used in the teaching of English in Kenyan primary schools.  The study used questionnaires, interview schedules and observation schedule to collect data. The results revealed that there are inadequate extensive reading resources, few schools have library facilities and that extensive reading materials available in libraries are few. It was also found that pupils were told to read many story books, magazines and newspapers without being informed on how this would impact on their learning of English. In light of the findings the study recommends that ministry of education should ensure library lessons are time tabled; school administration should establish libraries; purchase and develop a variety of extensive reading materials.


Keywords: Extensive reading, reading resources, library facilities, library lessons.


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