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ERIC Number: ED025745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
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Reading Instruction for College Level Foreign Students.
TESOL Quarterly, v2 n3 Sep 1968
A description of the English Language Institute reading courses at the University of Hawaii is presented. A reading test, given to all non-native speakers of English applying to the University, yields scores on vocabulary, comprehension, speed, and total reading ability. On the basis of these scores, students are (1) classified as exempt, more or less native speaker level; (2) enrolled in ELI 71, the basic reading course; (3) enrolled in ELI 72, the more advanced reading course; or (4) not admitted. Course work in ELI 71, which meets daily for one hour, begins with a discussion of general reading problems and practices. Students are introduced to timed reading exercises, lectures on culture, and homework in programed texts designed for vocabulary development. Markle's "Words: A Programmed Course in Vocabulary Development," Science Research Associates, 1963, is part of the present curriculum. The ELI 72 course, meeting three times a week, uses Harris'"Reading Improvement Exercises for Students of English as a Second Language," Prentice-Hall, 1966. The reading courses are summarized as stressing (1) elimination of poor reading habits, (2) training in reading by structures, (3) timed reading exercises, (4) practice in reading different kinds of material in class, (5) lectures on important cultural concepts, (6) practice in taking tests under timed conditions, and (7) vocabulary development using programed texts. (AMM)
Descriptors: College Students, English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Programed Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Reading Tests, Textbooks, Vocabulary Development
TESOL, School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20007 (Single copy $1.50).
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