ERIC Number: ED139249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Selecting Short Stories for Early Stages of Language Learning.
Chapman, Helen C.
Being able to read literary works in the target foreign language with good understanding of the content should be a goal for students in a basic language program. This paper explores the issue as to when students should begin to read literature that has not been simplified for the language learner and looks specifically at the use of unadapted short stories. It is suggested that carefully selected short stories presented in their original state could teach students to read for general understanding or to "read for meaning," to tolerate some vagueness and to guess at the meaning of new words in context. A set of criteria for evaluating and selecting fiction would examine each of seven factors in a text: general format, new-word desity, sentence length and complexity, style of expression, plot organization, interest, and idea density. A method of examining each factor is presented. (CLK)
Descriptors: Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Literature, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Short Stories, Vocabulary
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975)