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ERIC Number: ED035873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Pages: 8
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Uses of Programmed Materials in Teaching Reading and Aural Comprehension.
Sandberg, Karl C.
This paper describes some of the problems pertaining to teaching reading and aural comprehension in English as a second language, suggests some of the potential uses of programed learning in solving them, and reports on some of the approaches developed at the Economics Institute of the University of Colorado. While an increasing amount of adequate materials for teaching speaking and writing is available, the approaches, techniques, and materials for teaching reading and aural comprehension remain basically the same as 20-40 years ago. Programed materials based on sound linguistic analysis and concentrating on the right problems can "free the student from the lockstep of the class." To help the foreign student develop skill in reading, which requires a passive recognition of perhaps ten times as many words as the student can get by with actively, the author suggests an intensive concentration on the teaching of grammar structures and function words. (The latter account for about 50 percent of the words on any given page of prose, and are generally much more difficult for the student to learn than content words.) The author, of Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, reports briefly on a graded, three-level course in aural comprehension which is self-testing and self-correcting: correct answers are on tape. (AMM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Third Annual Meeting of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), New Orleans, Louisiana, November 28-30, 1969