What’s Free voluntary Reading?

Manuel Campos


Free Voluntary Reading is free reading; students are free to choose the materials they want to read.

These are are some of the two main characteristic of this teaching and learning strategy:

  • Its voluntary reading; students can choose to or not to report the reading they have done.
  • Students are also free to or not to read at home.

These are the main objectives or goals from using Free Voluntary Reading

  • Develop a taste for reading
  • Stimulate the once – reluctant reader to read more outside of school

Let’s check a few more detail that will help you learn more about Free Voluntary Reading and some of its criticisms

Free Voluntary Reading: Requirements

FVR is Sustained Silent Reading in its purest form because there are:

  • No requirements
  • No book reports.
  • No journal entries.
  • No chapter questions.
  • No required home reading

Praises for Free Voluntary Reading

Studies have consistently shown that those who read more show more literacy development.

Studies confirm that those who participate in SSR programs read more on their own when the program is over (Pilgreen and Krashen, 1993) and one study showed that they continue to read more even years later (Greaney and Clarke, 1973).

Some experts also claim that reading comprehension, students writing style, vocabulary, spelling and grammar control improves

The Power of Reading by Stephen Krashen

If you want to learn more about reading, consider watching this seminar by Stephen Krashen

Criticism of Free Voluntary Reading

Some critics have claimed that free voluntary reading is merely a time for pretend” reading, that many students simply flip pages and look at pictures.

More Teaching Reading Resources

I hope you have found everything you were looking for about Free Voluntary reading

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  1. 15 Examples of Pre-Reading Activities
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  3. How to Find the Main Idea in 4 steps
  4. 3 Stages for Teaching Reading
  5. Top Down and Bottom up Processing
  6. 13 Examples of Post-Reading Activities
  7. 11 Examples of While-Reading Activities

I will keeping making adjustments to this articles as I learn more about this topic

Happy reading!

Manuel Campos, Docente de Inglés

About manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of EnglishPost.org, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English

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