It is an undeniable fact that reading is of great importance in language teaching and learning process. One effective strategy to build up reading skill is extensive reading (ER), which has recently attracted much attention. Considering this, the current paper aimed at helping to gain insights into the role of extensive reading in promoting language development. First, various definitions of extensive reading were presented. Second, the paper looked at the notion of extensive reading from theoretical perspectives. Following this, the benefits of extensive reading were discussed based on empirical supports in foreign and second language teaching. Finally, some pedagogical implications and suggestions to apply extensive reading in language learning environment were provided.


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