ERIC Number: ED097646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Language, Thinking and Reading.
Bouchard, Donald; And Others
Skilled reading requires the reader to have adequate language competence and experience. As one reads, one anticipates what is written and checks one's guesses through the application of phonological, syntactic, and semantic rules. English as a Second Language (ESL) students are hindered by a different conceptual framework. For them, the grapheme/phoneme correspondences lack any apparent system; the grammatical patterns are confusing and many signals which aid in comprehension are not recognized. Lack of knowledge of English hinders the ability to choose cues, while the wrong choice or uncertainty make it difficult to confirm or reject them, thus curbing the hypotheses-testing process of skilled reading. When trying to read English, ESL students are faced with difficulties due to lack of language skills and possibly conceptual skills, upon which reading depends. (WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Bristol Community Coll., Fall River, MA.