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ERIC Number: ED450592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Helping ESL and EFL University Students Read Critically: A 2000's Challenge.
Crismore, Avon
This paper discusses how most students are not yet competent critical readers of academic or electronic texts. This is especially true of English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) university students. After describing the extent of the lack of critical reading skills, an extensive literature review on the subject is provided. A description of how to teach critical reading skills to students follows. One strategy is to require students to read their assigned textbook chapter twice--first for understanding, second for evaluating. They are then required to annotate (write their notes and comments in the margin) the chapter. Next, students select some of their annotations to elaborate on, writing down the author's exact words together with their reactions, responses, comments and questions. Textbooks are a good choice for annotation for two reasons: they get the students to do their reading assignment in the textbook, and, because of their logical and methodical style, lend themselves easily to annotation. Annotation also helps to keep students interested and motivated to do well in class. (Contains 35 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia