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Offline frankgiraldo

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Developing strategic readers
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:48:05 PM »
One of the main recommendations that Grabe (2004) has for an approach second language reading is the development of the strategic reader. The technique below is meant to get students to really practice strategies as they are engaged in a written text. You can tailor this technique to fit the types of strategies your students have been focusing on and, of course, the type of reading skills you want them to develop.
Technique
Once you have selected a reading for your students to immerse in, and perhaps after the pre-reading stage, adapt a text so that after each paragraph, you get students to answer a question. Each question is meant to trigger a specific reading strategy, and each paragraph can have either one or two questions.
For example, students read the introduction of text. Once they get to the period at the end of the intro, they can see an arrow leading to a box and will see this question:
How do you think the reader will support his opinion? After you read the whole text, come back here and see if you were right.
Of course, such approach would require some training for students so they do not jump around their text. However, that can also mean they are being strategic. This text shows you an example of the strategy-based questioning technique.
Reference
Grabe, W. (2004). Research on teaching reading. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 2,4469.

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Re: Developing strategic readers
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2017, 09:34:19 PM »
Hi Frank,
You are the strategy king! 
It's pretty funny that the text behind the hyperlink criticizes hyper links.  ha ha.  I hate hyper links, but it was worth it.  I like that it is a discrete simple example.  Nice structure. 
Marie
Marie Henehan