ERIC Number: ED323808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Towards an Integrated Program of L1-L2 Study Skills.
A discussion of the transfer of first language (L1) skills to second language (L2) learning focuses on the development of this transfer in second language reading instruction. A program integrating L1 and L2 study skills is outlined. First, the common components of the L1 syllabus are examined, including reading strategies, language-universal reading skills, and language-specific reading skills. Issues of the degree of L1 reading skill transferability and the linguistic threshold for transfer are addressed, drawing on research in the field. Attention is given to the relationship between language-specific reading skills and the realization of universal reading skills. It is proposed that any program integrating L1 and L2 reading skills be developed cooperatively by reading specialists in both languages to ascertain the macro-strategies underlying each language's specific reading skills. The program described consists of two autonomous but integrated study skill syllabuses, one taught in each language. In the lower grades, learning strategies applicable to reading are introduced with other learning strategies. In early middle grades, formal L2 instruction and language-specific reading skills are introduced. From the earliest stages of L2 acquisition, basic reading strategies are readily transferred. Benefits of this approach are seen to extend into content-area learning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics, sponsored by International Association of Applied Linguistics (9th, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990).