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ERIC Number: ED157011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 196
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Frans Als Vreemde Taal in Een Ingenieursopleiding: Een Onderzoek Naar de Leesvaardigheid (French as a Foreign Language in Engineering Education: An Investigation into the Reading Comprehension, with Summaries in French, German and English).
Ulijn, Johannes Marinus
The question of how a scientific researcher copes with a text written in a language which he or she does not adequately understand is examined in this Dutch language study of Dutch preservice engineers. Although French, German, and English are traditionally taught in secondary schools in the Netherlands, French gives Dutch engineers the most problems in reading in their field of study. In chapter one, the comprehension problems in reading French are compared to those that arise in reading other foreign languages in scientific and technical research. A foreign language reading comprehension model (chapter two) was developed to study the causes of these difficulties. In chapter three, the role of the first language in second language reading comprehension is examined. An inventory of contrasts was made for French as a second and Dutch as a first language. In chapter four, these contrasts are applied to scientific and technical French. The model which is described in the preceding chapters is illustrated with data in chapter five. The reconstruction of the process of reading comprehension of a scientific and technical foreign language is achieved in chapter six. It can be concluded from this study that in teaching French in Dutch schools, it is important to impart simple technical terms and nominalisation, especially if they do not have an international form. (JF)
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands