ERIC Number: ED346746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
The Representation of Spoken Language in Early Reading Books: Problems for L2 Learner Readers.
Some of the difficulties faced by second language learners who are continuing to acquire English at the same time as they start to read simple extended English texts are illustrated. Specific focus is on the question of how writers of early reading material can best help such learners to understand the relationship between spoken and written language; i.e., what kinds of written texts, in terms of the selection of particular stylistic features and the selection of a genre, most readily guide early second language learners into the new medium. Extracts are used from written texts, some of which are part of reading schemes for children, some written for older remedial learners, and some produced by adult learners themselves as part of a language experience approach. Key textual features are classified as reference, colloquial usage, non-standard forms, and as contracted forms. Sample transcripts of several learner readers are included. Contains 11 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Written Language: British Studies in Applied Linguistics 2. Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (Reading, England, September 1986); see FL 020 460.