ERIC Number: ED102842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Teaching of Reading in French.
Lamarre, Paul A.
In order to learn to read successfully in a foreign language, students must first have well-developed auditory and visual skills. Students can be made to recognize the importance of attention to detail by means of frequent copying exercises. Translation must be avoided if real reading skills are to develop. The teacher should insist that the student spend one-third of the time he or she would normally devote to a reading assignment in reading the passage three times quickly, and the teacher should always clarify and identify difficult passages in class before assigning them. Questions appended to reading passages in many textbooks are often inadequate. "Barrett's Taxonomy of Cognitive and Affective Dimensions of Reading Comprehension" can be used by the teacher as a guide to editing these questions. In each reading lesson, all levels of comprehension must receive due attention: (1) the literal level, (2) reorganization, (3) the level of inferential comprehension, (4) evaluation, and (5) appreciation. A reading rate in the foreign language comparable to that in the native language can and should be developed. An exercise based on a reading of Ionesco's "La Lecon" and designed as an inducement for improved work by the student is described here. (PMP)
Descriptors: French, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Questioning Techniques, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Second Language Learning, Speeches, Teaching Methods
Not Available Separately; See FL 006 790
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: For related documents, see FL 006 790 and FL 006 690-716; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the PNCFL (25th, Spokane, Washington, 1974)