ERIC Number: ED166976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Reading as a Basis for the Development of Oral Skills in a First Year German Program.
Donahue, Frank E.
This paper discusses a systematic strategy for developing oral skills from situational readings in a first year foreign language course. Aspects considered are: sequencing readings into the course, grammar component, vocabulary component, student preparation, outline of two day instructional treatments, the role of the teacher, and student tension. This approach leads students gradually from simple comprehension of situational reading material, often containing dialogue, through reinforcement of previously learned grammatical structures, expansion and review of students' active vocabulary, listening comprehension by means of paraphrasing, and pronunciation and intonation practice. The process culminates in a successful "Nacherzahlung," or retelling of the story. Once the"Nacherzahlung" has been completed, students are prepared to relate their own interests, experiences, or desires which are related to the situation depicted in the readings. Suggestions for the successful implementation of this strategy are contained in the summary remarks. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: German, Grammar, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Narration, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary, Writing Exercises
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Modern Lanquage Association Convention (Chicago, Illinois, December, 1977).