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Johns, Tim; Davies, Florence – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1983
An approach to selection of reading materials for classroom use based on experience teaching English as both a first and a second language is outlined. Emphasizes the function of texts as a vehicle for information rather than as a linguistic object, and uses the text's potential value as a prime criterion for selection. Provides framework for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Instruction, Group Activities, Reading Comprehension
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Baltra, Armando – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1983
Classroom procedures for Brazilians to develop English reading abilities in the shortest possible time are outlined, based on the idea that the students possess dormant lexical and syntactic competence from their native language experience. The techniques combine simplification with reading activities aimed at guessing in the target language. (MSE)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Intensive Language Courses, Language Processing, Latin Americans
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Williams, Ray – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1983
In recognition of a renewed interest in teaching texture in reading comprehension and a new focus on text cohesion, the system of cohesive relations in English is described, problems in recognizing cohesive ties are discussed, and appropriate teaching materials and related classroom activities are suggested. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cohesion (Written Composition), English (Second Language), Literature Appreciation
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Edge, Julian – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1983
A communicative classroom procedure designed to give students initial practice in deriving notes and summaries from a written text is described. Using various kinds of classroom interaction, the procedure allows practice in recognition, production, and evaluation of paragraph summaries in note form. A piece of text used with adult and college…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Higher Education
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Heron, Patricia A. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1983
A teaching technique used in a short course in reading scientific and technical Russian without previous Russian language experience is described. A special grammar-and-dictionary is used in a rule-governed manner to produce semi-automatically a sentence-for-sentence analysis of specialized texts. (MSE)
Descriptors: Dictionaries, Discourse Analysis, Grammar, Language Usage
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Tomlinson, Brian – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1998
Argues that second-language learners should be encouraged to establish experiential reading as their norm and sufficient comprehension as their goal, thus achieving a multidimensional representation of literature that can facilitate language acquisition and reading comprehension. Demonstrates four approaches that can help ensure that reading…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Literature Appreciation
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Wajnryb, Ruth – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1988
Describes a method of using newspaper articles in the English-language classroom called Read-Ask-and-Tell. The place of authentic materials in the classroom, including some of the pitfalls, are discussed. The Reading, Asking, and Telling components are outlined, and activities for consolidation and reinforcement of skills are suggested. Appendices…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Newspapers
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Amer, Aly A. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1992
Story grammar is a recent area of research related to an interactive conceptualization of reading. A study of 70 sixth-grade students studying English as a foreign language (EFL) suggests that direct instruction in story grammar helps students abstract a story's episodic sequence and metastructure. Sample texts are appended. (Contains 21…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grade 6