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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