ERIC Number: ED365110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Helping Elementary English as a Second Language Students To Become Independent Learners by Improving Their Reading Strategies.
Kaminsky, Debra E.
This practicum was designed to address the need for the intermediate and upper grade level English as a Second Language (ESL) students to become independent learners in the literacy process. The subjects, 13 boys and 3 girls from Pakistan, Philippines, Jordan, Israel, Korea, Turkey, and Thailand were dependent on the teacher when they had difficulty with words and had poor self-confidence in their learning strategies. The author met with the subjects' parents to discuss ways to encourage the children to become independent learners in the literacy process. Students wrote reactions in literature logs to books they read and used a self-monitoring approach to reading and thinking. A group list of new vocabulary words from a basal reading selection was designed by the students to define meaning using the context of the material. By keeping a portfolio, students were involved in the assessment of their own writing. Results of the study showed that students learned to use the context of the reading material, dictionary, or encyclopedia to determine the correct spelling or meaning of a word. They became familiar with many books written in English and had more self-confidence in their learning strategies in the literacy process. More time was spent at home studying than on watching television. A reading strategies questionnaire, use of time questionnaire, and title recognition test are appended. (Contains 28 references.) (JP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.