ERIC Number: ED452737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Reading Theory as a Microcosm of the Four Skills. Applied Linguistics Series.
This paper examines how helpful it is to treat, at the theoretical level, the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) separately from one another. It is commonly asserted that this is not the best approach, and that these four skills really have a great deal in common and it makes more sense to treat them holistically. This paper argues, to the contrary, that the four skills must be examined in isolation, individually, in order to look for parallels between the processes. The sum of the parts may be greater, and more practically helpful, than the whole. For instance, there has been much research linking reading and writing that it is now normal to see them referred to by their composite term literacy. A small group of second language (L2) learners is described in a specific classroom context giving a discursive commentary on how to focus on the development of the group's proficiency in reading skills. This works well because there are four main ideas behind it--scaffolding and then learner autonomy, which are not at odds with each other but are quite complementary, and active involvement and feedback. (Contains 15 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Applied Linguistics, Communicative Competence (Languages), Feedback, Foreign Countries, Listening Skills, Literacy, Personal Autonomy, Reading Skills, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Role, Teaching Methods, Writing Skills
For full text: http://www.indigo.ie/~sdblang/personal/papers/reading.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland