Beniko Mason, Ed. D. at Shitennoji University Junior College in Osaka, Japan first began her Extensive Reading (ER) program in 1984 in Japan. Her first question was whether ER was more effective than the traditional reading method, then whether it alone was better than the eclectic method, and finally whether reading alone was more efficient. She has also reported on how to start and set up an ER program, and what factors contribute to creating a successful ER program. Beniko Mason’s current research interst is to determine the amount of sufficient input to help low level college students reach high intermediate level of English.
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