Marva A. Barnett (Ph. D., Harvard University) is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Teaching Reading Strategies: How Methodology Affects Language Course Articulation
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1988 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 109–119, April 1988
How to Cite
Barnett, M. A. (1988), Teaching Reading Strategies: How Methodology Affects Language Course Articulation. Foreign Language Annals, 21: 109–119. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1988.tb03119.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT This study examines whether university-level French students trained during the second semester to use effective reading strategies and skills demonstrate better reading comprehension and, hence, perform better in the third semester than their untrained peers. The experimental reading activities were derived from recent L1 and L2 reading process theory and research; a sample text, exercises, and lesson plan appear together with teacher and student reactions to the experimental reading practice. These self-report data show widely varying responses to the experimental approach to reading and provoke considerable reflection about the impact of both the teacher variable and cognitive styles on language learning. The repeated measures experiment compares the performance of experimental and control groups on a standardized reading test at the end of the second-and third-semester courses. Although it shows that students given special training in reading made somewhat more progress in reading comprehension than did their peers in the traditional course, it does not solve definitively the problem of articulation within language courses. The experiment results, together with the analysis of student and teacher reactions, prompt further questions about how to examine the impact of various language teaching methodologies and about the value of encouraging students to analyze their own learning processes.