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Reading and Deixis
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:23:35 AM »
Deictic words (here, there, now, then) are words that have a fixed semantic meaning but whose denotational meaning changes based on the situation. Obviously, "here" means something different to you than it does to me. Pronouns are other deictic words that, if not sufficiently practiced, may pose an obstacle to reading comprehension. Basically, the question of deixis in reading is, "Who or what does the pronoun refer to?" If students misunderstand what a pronoun refers to, they may misinterpret a text. In the attached activity, students practice understanding what the pronouns in the reading passage refer to. For example, students are directed to underline all personal pronouns and possessive adjectives and discuss in pairs or groups what each one refers to. Then, in a cloze-type activity, students practice choosing the correct pronoun, given two choices. Then, students do a classic cloze with no options given. At the end, students answer more questions about what the pronouns in the passage refer to.


Recommended for low-intermediate.