Exploring progression: reading and listening strategy instruction with near-beginner learners of French

Harris, Vee. 2007. Exploring progression: reading and listening strategy instruction with near-beginner learners of French. Language Learning Journal, 35(2), pp. 189-204. ISSN 09571736 [Article]

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Cross-study comparison of the impact of strategy instruction (SI) is problematic because of differences in learning settings, the periods of time over which it is undertaken and the nature of the SI itself. Few studies indicate how the choice of skill areas and strategies has been tailored to meet the learners' age, stage and proficiency level, and few explicitly invite learners' views of the effectiveness of the SI. This exploratory article reports on initial findings of a research project funded by the Denis Lawton Award, Society for Educational Studies, to implement strategy instruction with secondary school pupils learning French. A sample of 60 pupils aged 12 to 13 underwent a programme of reading and listening strategy instruction over a nine-month period. Measures were taken of reading and listening comprehension and attitudes to French before and after the intervention, and results compared to a group of students not receiving the intervention. The strategy intervention pupils were also invited through questionnaires and interviews to comment on the SI. Whilst the findings suggest that the strategy intervention significantly improved pupils' comprehension and motivation, pupils' views of the SI indicate issues to be addressed in the design of SI to meet the needs of this level of learner.

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December 2007Published

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12 Mar 2009 15:41

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