Challenges in implementing extensive reading (ER) programs: Voices from English teachers at Indonesian secondary schools




Extensive Reading (ER), ER challenges, School Literacy Initiative, secondary English teachers, teacher voices


This article reports on the implementation of extensive reading (ER) among English teachers of secondary schools and the challenges they face as parts of their efforts in supporting the Indonesian government program of school literacy initiative (SLI). The data were obtained from an online survey to a group of English language teachers (N = 22) from 22 different schools in one regency in East Java Province, Indonesia. They were members of English teachers’ forum in the regency. The survey was then followed by a focused group discussion (FGD) involving all the 22 teachers in the group. The results show that in general, English teachers have a relatively good knowledge of ER as one way to support the success of SLI, but not all of them implement the programs due to such challenges as lack of support from the government and school administration, the overwhelming workload, and the unavailability of ready-to-use materials and activities. Implications and suggestions are provided at the end of the paper.


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Author Biographies

Utami Widiati, Universitas Negeri Malang

Utami Widiati is a faculty member of the English Department, Universitas Negeri Malang (UM). She has researched and published extensively in the areas of TEFL, curriculum and material development, SLA, and teacher professional development.


Niamika El Khoiri, Universitas Negeri Malang

Niamika El Khoiri is a faculty member at the Department of English, Universitas Negeri Malang (UM). She received her Master's degree in TESOL studies from the University of Queensland and a doctorate from Universitas Negeri Malang. Her areas of interest include the teaching of writing, critical thinking and professional development.



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How to Cite

Wulyani, A. N., Widiati, U., & Khoiri, N. E. (2022). Challenges in implementing extensive reading (ER) programs: Voices from English teachers at Indonesian secondary schools. Pegem Journal of Education and Instruction, 12(1), 74–83.

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