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ERIC Number: ED392241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reading and Communication in the Modern Languages Classroom.
Grenfell, Michael
This paper reviews the current crisis in reading ability decline in British primary schools and how modern language teaching methods are remedying this crisis, specifically the problems in exam and syllabus design. It is suggested that the juxtaposition of phonic and psycholinguistic methods in teaching reading are the root of the continuing question of primacy of structure and meaning. In addition, casual reading may not be a normal pastime of modern students, they may be given insufficient time for reading lessons, and they may not be taught how to read in the first place. Texts used for reading may not allow the full development of comprehension skills. A more refined teaching approach to reading is presented in which reading is based on the type of reading that learners should be doing and when and how, rather than organized around a multitude of activities and exercises. The practical application of reading in the modern languages classroom is discussed, in particular, ways of reading and the content and form of a modern languages program. (Contains 18 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)