An Interactive Reading Journal for All Levels of the Foreign Language Curriculum


  • Jennifer Redmann

    1. Kalamazoo College
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      Jennifer Redmann (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Assistant Professor of German at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Abstract: This article introduces an innovative approach to teaching texts at every level of the foreign language curriculum through the use of an interactive reading journal. The article describes how the journal can address the interpretive communication standard at the secondary level, as well as the challenges of integrating lower-level “skills” courses with upper-level “content” courses at the post-secondary level. The journal format itself is discussed in detail, along with examples of how it can be implemented with specific texts at the intermediate and advanced levels. The conclusion offers student reactions and suggestions for putting the interactive reading journal into practice.