ERIC Number: ED144401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Grammar for Reading Comprehension: Some Hypotheses. Occasional Papers on Linguistics, No. 1.
Stephens, Don S.
This paper describes an innovative method for teaching reading comprehension in a second language. The underlying assumption of this method is that a student who reads in his native language does not need to learn a theoretical system of grammar rules in the traditional sense of the term, since he already possesses the ability to recognize words in terms of grammatical function, an ability which is taken to constitute the foundation for reading in the target language. Instead of being trained in a system of grammar theory before beginning to read the foreign language, students are trained at a very early stage in grammatical awareness, a training calculated to stress that mature readers of a native language already know quite a bit about an historically related foreign language. The program is based on three kinds of exercises: (1) identifying major segments of a sentence; (2) reworking complex sentences into simple, independent clauses; and (3) rote learning of a limited number of morphological distinctions which seem to be essential for reading comprehension. Results of this method seem to be: (1) good scores on the Modern Language Association Reading and Listening Comprehension Test; and (2) positive attitudes toward Germany and German. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: Proceedings of the International Conference on Frontiers in Language Proficiency and Dominance Testing (1st, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, April 21-23, 1977)