Between the Lines Reading Skills for Immediate-Advanced Students of English as a Second Language (Book Review)

December 1983
Education;Winter83, Vol. 104 Issue 2, p230
Book Review
Between the Lines Reading Skills for Immediate-Advanced Students of English as a Second Language. Jean Zukowski Faust, Susan S. Johnston, and Clark S. Atkinson. Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston, New York, 1983, 264 pp. The authors maintain that learning to read for a college student involves a related group of distinct reading skills, skimming, scanning, surveying, predicting, generalizing, summarizing, synopsizing, inferring, and concluding. They also need critical skills such as understanding the interrelationships between ideas, and understanding the transitions in sequences. The book is intended for the high immediate college bound English as a second language student. It is arranged into nine units, the first m which the skills approach is explained and practiced through exercises. The next eight units are theme based collections of articles about a general subject much like a miniature library assignment of related journal articles for a college course. Each unit begins with an anticipation exercise, an encouragement and reminder for the student to survey the unit before beginning to read. In each unit there is first a vocabulary with focus words repeated from different views. Next come the main ideas, and which entails finding the main idea in each paragraph or section.


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