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Reading comprehensible texts is referred to by Krashen (2005) as representing a bridge to heavier reading such as journal and magazine features or academic texts as it helps provide competency that is crucial to facilitate comprehension. Reading such texts extensively has also been reported repetitively by substantial research, both in ESL and EFL contexts, as contributing to the enhancement of reading ability and, particularly, motivation to continue the reading engagement. This paper reports on findings from an experiment with low-ability Thai undergraduate students and discusses whether the claims made about extensive reading (ER) and its existing knowledge are applicable in the context of a 'low-valued' reading society like Thailand. Theoretical and empirical evidence is presented related to aspects of reading abilities, i.e. reading comprehension, speed, narratives, and motivation. Also provided are the practical implications from the research :findings for optimal benefits, particularly to reading instruction.



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