Teaching Reading in the Macau Secondary English Classroom: Some Critical Issues to Consider
This chapter examines a number of common phenomena in second-language (L2) reading instruction in the Macau secondary English classroom and discusses the factors that may hinder the development of reading proficiency and fluency. The chapter specifically draws teachers’ attention to the necessity of going beyond the level of merely helping learners get a broad understanding of the text, for example, via first-language (L1) translations or vocabulary explanations. Rather, teachers need to help learners master higher-order reading skills including competences in integrating, interpreting, reflecting on and evaluating texts; these are essential skills that advanced, independent readers possess. Lastly, the chapter highlights some principles for teaching intensive reading and setting up extensive reading programs that could help learners develop their reading proficiency.
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