Developing Learners’ Critical Reading Strategies in ESP Settings & Beyond
STRATEGIES IN ESP
SETTINGS & BEYOND
MoRCE-Net Annual Conference 2016
Laura Patch MA TESOL, MPH
Omar Abouelazm MA TESOL
English Language Fellows, Algiers, Algeria
L1 VS. L2 READING –
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER…
Are L1 and L2 reading processes similar?
Is there a universal reading process?
Do individuals transfer reading skills from
to their 2nd
language? If yes, when
does it happen in the learning process?
Are good L1 readers also good L2 readers?
??? THE BIG
Reading in a Foreign Language:
a Reading Problem
a Language Problem?
5 STEPS TO PRACTICING CRITICAL
1. Familiarize learners with the meaning and value
of critical reading/literacy
Survey of Reading Strategies (SORS)
Developed by K. Mokhtari & R. Sheorey, 2002
2. Negotiate readings by including learners in the
selection of readings process
3. Ask critical questions to direct and motivate
students towards using critical reading strategies
5 STEPS (CONTINUED)
Questions to Promote Critical Literacy
(taken from eworkshop.on.ca website)
4. Discuss questions collaboratively
5. Write reflective journals
What is Our End Goal?
(Abednia & Izadinia, 2011)
CRITICAL READING ACTIVITY
How To Mark a Book by Mortimer Adler
Abednia, A., Izadinia, M. (2011). Five steps to
practice critical literacy in second language
reading. AUC TESOL Journal; Spring 2011.
Adler, M. (July 6, 1941). How to Mark a Book.
The Saturday Review of Literature. Retrieved
online at https://emu.edu/writing-program/faculty
Liu, F. (Aug. 2010). Reading Abilities and
Strategies: A Short Introduction. International
Education Studies; Vol. 3, No. 3.
Mokhtari, K., Sheorey, R (Spring 2002).
Measuring ESL Students’ Awareness of Reading
Strategies. Journal of Developmental Education;
Vol. 25, No. 3.