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ERIC Number: ED318217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Using Reading to Promote Proficiency.
Kuhn-Osius, K. Eckhard; Kym, Annette
A discussion of second language reading instruction to develop language proficiency examines the concept of reading proficiency, the reading processes used by native speakers and language learners, the importance of top-down and bottom-up reading, activating predicting and projecting skills, the difference between reading at the peak of one's proficiency and reading for proficiency, and three different types of reading texts. The three text types examined are: (1) the information text, which may be linguistically difficult for the student, but can be understood if the student consciously activates schemata and processes top-down; (2) the input text, so called because its function is to input text in the learning process; and (3) the grammatical display text, which may include textbook dialogues or chapter texts because they are explanatory only. Passages from German texts are used to distinguish the uses of the various text types. Selection of textbooks and authentic texts is discussed. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A