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Reading skills in the classroom

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READING SKILLS IN THE CLASSROOM It is not easy to give the best definition of literature; even literary theorists and critics have difficulty in defining it. According to Icoz, literature is language in use and so it is not separable from language. But, in her opinion, literature also involves more than language because meanings go beyond it, and the appreciation and enjoyment of reading requires the development of more than just linguistic capacities. She also claims that a basic understanding of language literary texts is essential but not sufficient to comprehend their significiance. (1992:10) Other writers, such as Murdoch (1978), describe literature as a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions or as simply a language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. However, there is one undeniable thing - reading books will exert a very great influence on the readers' personalities. ...read more.

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carefully chosen children's literature allows children to develop their receptive language in entertaining, meaningful contexts and naturally invites them to repeat many of the predictable words and phrases, which children gradually take ownership of and add to their receptive and productive language." (1997) Thus it is advisable to use various books in the classroom, whenever possible, and to get students accustomed to a wide range of literature from the very beginning. Teachers should remember that children usually tend to read books that are enjoyable, interesting or, in other words, books that are a pleasure to read. The selection of a book should provide both entertainment and at the same time it could also be a good source of developing reading skills, which is extremely significant in the case of foreign language learners. ...read more.

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This is a very important factor in the motivation and development of reading skills. As I have assumed before, reading involves a variety of activities so it should not be separated from other skills. As Laar and Holderness indicate, reading and writing are linked activities, and children's own reading experiences will help them to become in the future more reflective, analytical and self - critical audiences. (1994) To sum up, motivation is of great importance in the case of developing reading skills in the classroom. This is because most of what we usually read are books, magazines and advertisements that we want to read. However, being motivated by various activities means that we start reading a text prepared to find a lot of things in it, expecting to find answers to many questions and specific information or ideas we are interested in. And this is also a good reason for developing reading skills in the classroom. ...read more.

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