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ERIC Number: EJ908525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1533-242X
A Never-Get-Lost Reading Program
Moore, William
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v10 n2 p286-292 Sep 2010
This paper proposes a reading support technique for Arabic students of English. These students must overcome the L1 interference "reversal of reading direction." PowerPoint presentations, utilizing a simple fade effect with adjustable delay between words such that the text appears nicely in a left-to-right manner, line by line with voice roughly synchronized to the text to allow for emphasis, phrasing, and movement, provide the support necessary to develop fluency in reading--and writing--English. When reading fixed English texts, Arabic students who lose the thread find it extremely difficult to rejoin the sound-grapheme stream. This technique provides the support necessary to overcome that obstacle. Students can never "get lost," because whenever they attempt to rejoin the story, the words they hear are appearing across the page. The literature revealed no research related to the topic, suggesting an area of need.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Arab Emirates