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ERIC Number: ED186869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Public Primary Reading Instruction in Mexico.
The Mexican educational system is highly centralized, with all plans, programs, textbooks, curriculum materials, and teacher training programs controlled by the Ministry of Education. Each teacher is required to follow a set program, and enforcement is assured through a corps of inspectors who are responsible for the schools. The official method of reading instruction is the global method with structural analysis. First grade students are taught the sight words for the colors, parts of the face and body, drinks, fruits, and common animals. Word parts are taught by the end of the first grade and the student can read with oral fluency. Second grade skills include inferences, cause, sequence, and principle ideas in the total selection. Study skills using dictionaries, newspapers, encyclopedias, and alphabetical order are introduced in the third grade. Grammar, advanced comprehension, and study skills are the main concerns of the fourth grade. Fifth grade skills focus on interpretation of prose and poetry, analogies, grammar, and study skills. In the sixth grade, vocabulary and oral work center on refinement of the language, and students are expected to learn figurative language, scientific language, and metaphors. They are also expected to read to an audience, comment on stories in the text, and react to stories, prose, and verse. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (25th, St. Louis, MO, May 5-9, 1980).