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Using 'Close Reading' as a course theme in a multilingual disciplinary classroom

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Title:Using 'Close Reading' as a course theme in a multilingual disciplinary classroom
Authors:Freedman, Leora
Keywords:academic reading
close reading
college reading
L2 reading
academic writing
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Date Issued:Oct 2015
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:An adaptation of the traditional literary concept of close reading was developed for use in a largely multilingual classroom in which both first language (L1) and second language (L2) students were struggling to comprehend theoretical, lexically dense texts in English. This simplified method of reading a text iteratively and critically is proving helpful in encouraging student compliance with reading assignments as well as progress in academic writing capabilities. This method was developed through collaboration between an East Asian Studies (EAS) department and the university’s English Language Learning (ELL) specialist. The large lectures are supplemented by small-group discussions with teaching assistants (TAs), who also engage in reflective professional development workshops to build their own skills in teaching close reading. Materials generated for both students and faculty through this initiative are being disseminated in other departments, and TAs have noted an overall improvement in students’ fulfillment of reading assignments as well as their ability to generate written arguments.
Appears in Collections: Volume 27, No. 2 Special Issue: Connections between Second Language Reading and Writing

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