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ERIC Number: ED363135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 79
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Diverse Texts To Improve the Reading Proficiency of High School Students of French.
Pulliam, Brenda J.
A study investigated the use of varied reading materials to improve French second-language reading skills, found to be unacceptably low at the second-year level. Subjects were 30 high school students of second-year French. A pretest of reading skills and a language and reading attitude survey were administered to the students. Subsequently, a 30-week unit of reading instruction was taught. The unit used diverse texts, including short stories, songs, menus, recipes, advertisements, and cartoons. A survey, individual activities, and a posttest measured outcomes. Students demonstrated improvement in the following areas: reading in French with satisfaction and ease; retelling stories; listing vocabulary words by free association; comprehending main ideas and key details; using context clues to make logical guesses about word meanings; using visual clues to respond to statements in French; and creating a visual based on a description written in French. Results suggest that the method used was effective in improving reading skills and attitudes. The reading attitude survey, a general reading comprehension test, and a pre/posttest of one passage are appended. Contains 59 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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