Combining Structure Drills and Reading Comprehension Exercises to Teach Literature


  • Alfred N. Smith

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      Alfred N. Smith (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Philosophy at Utah State University, Logan, Utah


ABSTRACT  In the intermediate college course or the advanced high school class, language and literature instruction can be combined to further the students' competence in language skills (speaking in particular) as well as to provide more accurate comprehension of literature. This article illustrates many exercises based on Le Petit Prince which serve to review grammar, stimulate oral participation, and verify students' comprehension of the text. The unique feature of these exercises is that they are not only structure drills for grammar practice, but also reading comprehension exercises. This combination gives substance and meaning to the oral manipulation of structure and provides form and direction to the task of checking reading comprehension.