EDT 446.L  Reading in the Content Area:  Foreign Languages
T/R  9:30-10:45

Nancy Humbach, Assistant Professor  Office Hours: T/R 9:30-10:30
301 McGuffey Hall, 529-6320   W 1-3
Home:  887-2266

 • To understand the role of reading in the study of foreign languages
 • To prepare strategies for teaching reading
 • To evaluate reading materials
 • To assess reading comprehension
 • To develop interactive reading materials and units

Students are expected to attend all classes.  In case of illness or other extenuating circumstances, please notify me.  Advance notice is appreciated whenever possible.  Please remember that this is a professional course.  Your attendance is important to your evaluation, not only in this course, but in your application for student teaching and in your job search.  Bottom line:  Please do not request a signature on your student teaching application if your attendance record is unacceptable.

Because everyone has valid reasons for absence (illness, personal business), please use your two absences wisely.  After two absences, you will find your grade lowered.  After four absences, you will be removed from EDT 446.L as well as your other block courses.


Class participation  10%
Field Experience logs 20%  (2 x 10%)
Clinicals and written
 assignments  20%  (4 x 5%)
Mid-Term Exam  10%
Final Project   25%
Final Exam   15%

Bernhardt, Elizabeth B.  Reading Development in a Second Language:  Theoretical, Empirical and Classroom Perspectives.  Norwood, NJ:  Ablex Publishing Company.  Copyright, 1993.

Shrum, Glisan, Teachers’ Handbook
Curtain, Pesola, Languages and Children


1/9    Overview of Course
  What is reading?
  Mortimer Adler, Pearl Avenue, Clockwork Orange

1/11  The Nature of Second Language Reading:
  Assignment:  Chapter 1, Bernhardt, Shrum/Glisan,
  Chapter 6 on reading.

1/16  The Relationship of L1 to L2 reading

1/18  Preparing Students to Read:  Text Driven Operations
  Bernhardt, Chapter 3
  Prereading/Post Reading Activities

1/23  Video:  Teaching Reading and Language Arts
  How does video relate to HS teaching?
   Curtain:  Pp. 125-134, 138, 140-41

1/25  Choosing materials
  The role of authentic materials
  Discussion of Final Project

1/30  Technology in Reading
  Meet in Rm. 377

2/1  Technology
  Meet in Rm. 377

2/6  Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching Word Building Skills
  Vocabulary Development, Using the dictionary
  Discussion:  Dictionary Clinical

2/8    Prereading activities; Guided Imagery;
  Background knowledge as a force in comprehension

2/12-26   Field Experience 1

2/22   Monday/Tuesday Exchange Day:  No class

2/27  The media:  Magazines and Newspapers
Dealing with Differences in Languages, Structure and
  Turn in:  Clinical-Dictionary

3/2  Knowledge Driven Operations in a Second Language
Chapter 4, Bernhardt

3/6  Mid-Term Exam

3/8  Preteaching a reading assignment
  Discussion of final project

3/12-3/16   Spring Break

3/19-30 Field 2

4/3  Analysis of reading materials
  Bring two readers and one language text to class.
  Check with the IMC
  Assignment:  Turn in reading selection from a newspaper
   or magazine, with three prereading activities three
   post reading activities.
4/5  Model Reading Lesson; Pre and Post Reading activities

4/10  Perspectives on L2 Reading
  Assignment:  Bernhardt, Chapter 6
  Final Project due

4/12  Perspective  as an influence in student reading
  Assignment:  Bernhardt, Chapter 5

4/17  Assessment of Reading Comprehension
  Assignment, Bernhardt, Chapter 7
  Appendix A12-Curtain

4/19   Assessment:  Preparing exercises
  Types of Questions
  Non paper/pencil assessment

4/24  Continued from 4/20

4/26  Final Thoughts

5/3  Final Exam