ERIC Number: ED321555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
More Than Meets The Eye: Foreign Language Reading. Language and Education: Theory and Practice.
Barnett, Marva A.
This monograph provides an overview of the field of second and foreign language reading research and theories. The intent of the monograph is to provoke thought about future directions for investigating the second or foreign language reading process, and to suggest productive reading pedagogy. In Part I, pertinent first language theory and research are noted focusing on its impact on second language reading theory. Reading models are presented that include both bottom-up and top-down varieties and interactive combinations of the two. In addition, a review is given of studies conducted to ascertain determining factors in second or foreign language reading, as well as a discussion of the relative importance of reader characteristics versus text characteristics with special emphasis on the role of strategy use in reading. Part II focuses on classroom applications and is directed to the teacher considering better ways to teach reading in another language to adolescents or adults already literate in one language. Methods are also discussed for analyzing readers' processes, choosing appropriate reading texts, motivating students through self-selected reading, moving beyond reading comprehension to literary analysis, adapting textbooks when necessary, and testing reading. (GLR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Reading Research, Reading Strategies, Schemata (Cognition), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Motivation, Theory Practice Relationship
Prentice-Hall Regents, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.