ERIC Number: ED260591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Effective Teaching of ESL Reading.
Martin, Ann Aronson
This thesis presents an examination of the currently most promising approaches to reading instruction in English as a second language (ESL). It looks at the factors which make the ESL teacher more effective and suggests ways these important factors can be used in instruction. The study is based on a review of the literature and interviews with and observation of experts in the field. The literature revealed a strong emphasis on the psycholinguistic approach to reading, which stresses a thorough understanding on the teacher's part of the reading process, and entails an appreciation of the cultural, linguistic, and rhetorical differences between the student's native language and culture and the American language and culture. It is concluded that ESL teacher training should include a course on reading instruction with this approach, and that ESL reading materials designers should use this approach. Further study is recommended to apply the approach to such classroom issues as grouping students by learning goals, targeting specific cultural groups, and accommodating age groups. Wider dissemination of information to teachers and administrators about the psycholinguistic approach to ESL is also recommended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Roosevelt University.