Richard R. Day’s Homepage at the University of Hawaii


Department of Second Language Studies

1890 East West Road

Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA


1-808-956-2802 (fax)

Richard R. Day is a professor in the Department of Second Language Studies, College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Hawai’i. His areas of specialization include second language reading, second language teacher education, curriculum design, and materials development. Dr. Day is a co-editor of Reading in a Foreign Language and is Chairman and co-founder of the Extensive Reading Foundation. While he has written numerous articles and book chapters, his most influential publications are on extensive reading.  Professor Day was the co-author, with Julian Bamford, of Extensive Reading in the Second Language Classroom (Cambridge University Press), which helped draw attention to extensive reading.  Bamford and he later edited Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language (also published by Cambridge), a collection of 106 activities that are concerned with extensive reading.  The royalties of this book are donated to the Extensive Reading Foundation to help support extensive reading programs in needy countries.

Dr. Day is the co-author of the very popular Impact Issues, Books 1, 2 and 3, published by Longman.  These innovative English language teaching materials feature topics of high interest to learners of English as a foreign language (e.g., sex before marriage, a woman’s role in society, abortion, homosexuality, spouse abuse, male-female relationships, capital punishment, the environment, and war).

Professor Day is also the co-author of a three-level reading course for Oxford University Press, Cover to Cover.  One of the unique features of Cover to Cover is the integration of reading strategies, vocabulary development, and extensive reading. 

He has been a visiting professor at Ubon Rajathanee University, Thailand, Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies, Vietnam, Assumption University, Thailand, and Ashiya University, Japan.  Dr. Day is in constant demand as a speaker and has presented workshops in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  In 2006, he was awarded the Pearson-Malaysian International Conference of English Language Teachers Award for excellent contributions to the field of English language teaching. He has served on the editorial boards of the TESOL Quarterly and TESL Reporter.