ERIC Number: ED176588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Reading a Second Language. Language in Education: Theory and Practice, No. 20.
Cates, G. Truett; Swaffar, Janet K.
This introduction to the pedagogy of reading comprehension in a second language focuses on learning strategies appropriate to achieving reading competence. Lexical strategies can be fostered by tolerating local errors and encouraging practice in the identification of specific features such as tense, part of speech, and cognation. Tasks that require the student to use inferential reasonsing or evaluative judgments develop comprehension of meaning. Attention to the global features of the grammar facilitates the recognition of word and phrase relationships within substantial structures. The role of orientational reference (deixis) as a feature of tests is discussed, the multiple use of texts (for differing tasks such as skimming and critical reading) is encouraged, and suggestions are offered regarding text selection. A bibliography is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, English (Second Language), Grammar, Language Instruction, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Lexicology, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Processes, Reading Skills, Second Language Learning, Syntax
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
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