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ERIC Number: ED038649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 10
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A New Technique for the Teaching of Reading to Advanced Students.
Eskey, David E.
"Advanced student" is defined here as the kind of student who can converse with native speakers and read simplified or simple English prose at reasonable rates with good comprehension. Such a student, however, is still not ready for university-level reading. The major problem for the teacher is not teaching English words but English structures. Most foreign students are word-by-word readers, whereas good comprehension entails reading by structures. The syntax of unsimplified written English typically exhibits a degree of complexity much greater than that of the spoken language, and far too difficult for most students at this level. It seems unlikely that they can be taught to read by structures, using such mechanical means as reading against time through simplified sentences physically divided into simplified constituents. The author describes a sample lesson designed to help the student work his own way up from the simple structures he already knows to new and more complex constructions. Real mastery of the more complex constructions, the author points out, can only follow from extensive reading; but the student who has worked his way through these lessons will "have the one great advantage of knowing what he is doing." (AMM)
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Note: Paper given at the fourth annual TESOL Convention, San Francisco, California, March 18-21, 1970