ERIC Number: ED343396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Summarization: Integrating Reading and Writing.
Reading and writing have traditionally been treated as separate processes, but some research on the relationship suggests that the two processes should be taught together. It is also proposed that skill in recognizing a text's main idea is a summarizing skill, demanding the cognitive and linguistic prerequisites appropriate to the text type. Good summarizing requires thorough understanding of the text, mastery of reading strategies, ability to remove unnecessary details, the skill to draw conclusions from the outset of reading, and focus on the main idea. Poor summarizers spend little time reading, do not draw conclusions, do not plan their writing during reading, and have difficulty finding the main idea. Research indicates that good writers see the summarizing task in broader terms than poor writers, and find the task more demanding. Summarizing can be taught as early as the elementary level by introducing rules and familiarizing students with different text structures and approaches to analysis. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Note: In: Equality in Language Learning. Proceedings of the Nordic Conference of Applied Linguistics (5th, Jyvaskyla, Finland, June 4-7, 1987); see FL 020 065.