Resolving issues and concerns of ESL reading teachers through professional collaborative practices / Zuraimi Zakaria and Esther Care

Care, Esther (2010) Resolving issues and concerns of ESL reading teachers through professional collaborative practices / Zuraimi Zakaria and Esther Care. In: Reading ESL : Reading and Writing Instruction / Faizah Abd Majid and Izaham Shah Ismail. University Publication Centre (UPENA), UiTM, Shah Alam, pp. 50-74. ISBN 978-967-363-089-9

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Reading is perhaps the most important academic skill that any learner should acquire. In fact, the ability to read and write in the early years of schooling is extremely crucial. Otherwise, children would have very slim chances of ever becoming fully literate (Willows, 2008). Yet a review on reading related literature suggests that the worldwide rate of literacy (or the lack of it) is alarming. Dagge (2007) states that Portuguese students read very little and often grapple with textual information. Moats (1999) however, points out that elementary students struggle with reading problems, which prevent them from independent reading or from having any enjoyment from reading. The rate of reading of Hispanic, African-American, limited English speakers and children living in poverty in the United States is high, ranging from 60 to 70%. The statistics of illiteracy is so alarming that the National Institute of Health, United States considers reading development and reading difficulty as a major public health concern (Moats, 1999). In Australia, 20% of its citizen aged between 15 to 74 are reported to have 'very poor' literacy skills, and an additional 28% are identified as having difficulties dealing with printed information (National Inquiry into die Teaching of Literacy, 2005). Willows (2008) adds that about 5%. of children in Canada are identified as having serious problems with reading, and up to 40% of primary school students would have fallen behind in reading by the time they end their primary years.

Item Type: Book Section
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Care, EstherUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English language > Test of English as a Foreign Language. TESL
Divisions: University Publication Centre (UPENA)
Page Range: pp. 50-74
Item ID: 12790
Uncontrolled Keywords: ESL; Reading; English language; Foreign speakers
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2019 04:09
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitalan 3
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/12790

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