ERIC Number: ED271940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Beginning Reading in English as a Second Language.
Bruder, Mary N.; Henderson, Robert T.
The design of an effective reading course in English for academic purposes must be based on an understanding of the reading process (including perceptual skills and cognitive processing), an understanding of problems in mastering the English writing system (punctuation, decoding handwriting, and confusion between typefaces), and an awareness of the deficiencies the particular learner group must overcome. Assessment of learners' reading skills, by a variety of techniques, in the context of their language backgrounds can then lead to development of materials and methods for effective reading instruction. English as a second language (ESL) programs have adopted a number of approaches to these issues; both theories and procedures are in the process of being refined. Instructor familiarity with foreign languages, especially those with a different writing system, is also helpful in ESL reading instruction. Examples of a number of teaching and testing exercises are included. A six-page bibliography concludes the document. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, English for Academic Purposes, Foreign Students, Instructional Design, Introductory Courses, Learning Theories, Limited English Speaking, Literature Reviews, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.