ERIC Number: ED365105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Visual Aspects of Second-Language Reading. [Revised].
Richardson, Ian M.
A discussion of the visual aspect of second-language reading processes proposes a theoretical model of reading and reports on research into the kinds of questions second-language students ask in class. The model of reading outlined is based on the operations of the human eye. Just as the operations of the lens (focus) change the picture at the back of the eye, the focus of the "mental eye" comes from the scope of questions asked. These can be adjusted to either the level of the letter (reflected in questions asking for small pieces of information) or the meaning of the entire passage (reflected in extended-answer questions). A study analyzing the kinds of questions asked by students in four second-language classes in Saudi Arabia found that most asked about the structure and meaning of particular words, and that most were not grammatical in form. This points up a distinction between the grammatical role of questions and their logical role. It is proposed that due to the urgency of their need for information, students ask questions in their logical role, regardless of grammar. Results are seen to have implications for selection of reading passages used in instruction. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper originally presented at a staff seminar of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology.