ERIC Number: ED336939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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The Newspaper and the Five Skills.
Long, Donna Reseigh; Harlow, Linda L.
Authentic materials can be used to promote second language acquisition. Research on their effects on each language skill (reading, culture, writing, speaking, listening) is needed. Print media (such as newspapers) which are available and motivation, offer real interaction with the target language and culture, and are a valuable instructional resource. They are superior to the simplified language in edited texts, and contribute to the learning of coping skills. Newspapers also offer "snapshots" of segments of the target culture, making them a logical medium for cross-cultural analysis. High-interest authentic reading materials support improvement of second language writing skills. Quality of writing is linked to quantity of reading done for interest or pleasure. Linking reading comprehension to speaking is also feasible; second language instruction mirrors real life when students are encouraged to react orally to authentic readings. Reading authentic texts may generate two types of communicative activities: summarizing text contents, and discussing the content with another reader. To link listening to text, students should read the text and focus on authentic response formats incorporating listening skills. Choice of materials, visual appearance, and construction of activities must be carefully planned for successful use. Regional as well as major sources should be used. (MSE)
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