The Implementation of a Large-scale Online Extensive Reading Program in Thailand—From Decision-making to Application

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Mintra Puripunyavanich


This study explores the implementation of a large-scale online extensive reading program (ERP) at a university in Thailand. The program was integrated into two English foundation courses in one academic year and consisted of over 5,000 freshmen and 60 teachers. In-depth interviews were conducted with three administrators who were decision-makers, one ERP coordinator, and 10 classroom teachers. The results reveal that these stakeholders played their parts in making the ERP implementation successful. Also, five factors in successful ERPs, including the integration of extensive reading into the curriculum, the availability of reading materials, the institution-level support, teacher’s roles, and the use of an online platform were present in this ERP. Suggestions to newcomers who plan to implement an ERP are also provided.


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Puripunyavanich, M. (2022). The Implementation of a Large-scale Online Extensive Reading Program in Thailand—From Decision-making to Application. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 15(1), 320–360. Retrieved from
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Mintra Puripunyavanich, Division of English for Business, Language Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

A lecturer in the Division of English for Business at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute. She serves as Chair of Thailand Extensive Reading Association. Her research interests include extensive reading, materials development, and ESP.


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