ERIC Number: ED159885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
A New Reading. Perspective: A New Freedom. ACTFL Review of Foreign Language Education, Vol. 7.
King, Janet K.; And Others
The growing emphasis on reading in the foreign language classroom is examined from the standpoint of learning theory, learning strategies, and classroom practice. The reading process in the native language, the origin and application of new learning strategies in foreign language reading, and modifications and revisions in teaching practices are considered since a coherent theory of foreign language reading and classroom practices reflecting this theory are lacking. New reading strategies have evolved from an emphasis on learning processes rather than specific behavioral objectives. Foreign language teachers must be aware of the fact that student attitudes toward the instructional methods will be an important factor in their learning. Reading for meaning has been advocated as a strategy to produce reading facility. Some studies indicate that visualization strategies in the foreign language classroom can be introduced to increase comprehension. A regression process in reading, the role of context, fluent reading, decoding, and silent speech and comprehension are discussed. Questions are one of the most common tools for foreign language reading and may possibly superimpose a learning strategy on the student. The relationship between a learner's syntactic maturity and reading comprehension is discussed. Factors in vocabulary building and selection of a readable foreign language text are discussed. Suggestions are offered for preliminary reading exercises to prepare for reading fluency, and test results are reported concerning grammar-production training. (SW)
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Decoding (Reading), Elementary Secondary Education, Grammar, Higher Education, Language Fluency, Language Instruction, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Literature Reviews, Models, Pragmatics, Questioning Techniques, Readability, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Processes, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Suprasegmentals, Teaching Methods, Textbook Selection, Transfer of Training, Visualization, Vocabulary
Not Available Separately; See FL 009 633
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York, NY.