Exploring Second Language Reading. Kari Miller, M.A.L.S. Centro de Educación Continua Escuela Politécnica Nacional [email protected] Why do some L2 learners hate reading in English?. Lack of Motivation Fear of failure Lack of confidence Read too slow No clear purpose for reading.
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Exploring Second Language Reading
Kari Miller, M.A.L.S.
Centro de Educación Continua
Escuela Politécnica Nacional
In the 1980s
Activate prior knowledge first
Build on learners’ L1 reading schemata to foster development of L2 reading skills
Focus mainly on meaning
Recognize that not all L2 learners will become proficient at L2 reading
Achieve bottom-up skills (linguistic processing) first
Focus first on literal comprehension of the text
Learners are instructed to read a text. Afterwards, the teacher asks them to go through the article and underline the sentences that indicate hypothetical situations (conditional sentences).
Learners are given the topic of a text and asked to make a list of everything they know about the topic. After reading the article, they are asked to get into groups and talk about a time they had a similar experience.
The structure of a text
How texts are organized, (e.g. a recipe, a scientific article, a postcard, a letter to an editor, etc.).
What learners already know about the topic.
The more familiar a learner is with the subject in the text, the better they understand the text.
Prediction, brainstorming, and semantic mapping
*Relating a text to the learner’s own experience*Asking learners how they feel after reading a text and why*Asking learners to give opinions about what they’ve read