Reading skills Week 6 NJ Kang
Reading comprehension-based approaches Almost all! (Williams and Moran, 1989) Comprehension in the form of the presentation of text followed by post-reading questions on the text’
Definition of comprehension • Understanding writer’s intention. • It’s difficult to match with reader’s and the writer’s intention • Since text does Not have only one meaning but Reflective and multiple meanings (Williams, 1983) • Since people interpret using one’s own Mental representation • Which is Depend on learners’ experiences. (Urquhart, 1987)
So it has to be Interpretation Not Comprehension
Why? • Understanding text meaning =mental representation • Each individual’s knowledge is the result of constant conceptual reformulation through various experiences, • Dog, apple, knive?
Aims of comprehension questions • To check comprehension • To facilitate comprehension • Simply to ensure that the learner reads the text. (Williams and Moran, 1989)
Reality What if, Problems occur before or during reading?
Expectation of comprehension checking May causes reading problems by encouraging a studial reading habit which in fact inhibits the reading process (Williams and Moran, 1989; Masuhara, 1998; tomlinson, 2000)
Solutions Pre-, and during comprehension check up activities are needed Interpretations, than comprehension. (Masuhara, 1998, neuroscience and cognitive psychology)
So what did you learn from reading this section? • Need comprehension checkup before and during • Before reading activate one’s knowledge and experience to understand the text. • During reading activate learners’ understanding of the writer’s intention • After reading language based comprehension checkup, interpretation opportunities. • Do we have that kind?
Language focused • Vocabulary • Reading with listening • Make a sentence • Comprehension check up questions • Writing sentence