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Comprehending misunderstanding

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posted on 31.07.2020 by Jonathan Newton
© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press; all rights reserved. Michael Swan and Catherine Walter take issue with the current emphasis in the teaching of listening and reading on higher-order skills-and-strategies training. They argue that L2 learners typically already possess the relevant skills and strategies necessary for listening and reading in L2, and, by implication, can and do deploy them. Further, they claim that research evidence provides little support for skills-and-strategies training. In this Counterpoint article, I subject these claims to closer scrutiny and find them wanting. I also argue that even if the need for 'training' is questionable, skills-and-strategies instruction nevertheless offers rich and varied language learning opportunities through the ways it directs learners to engage with text.

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Newton, J. (2017). Comprehending misunderstanding. ELT Journal, 71(2), 237-244. https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccw096

Journal title

ELT Journal

Volume

71

Issue

2

Publication date

01/01/2017

Pagination

237-244

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

30/12/2016

ISSN

0951-0893

eISSN

1477-4526

Language

en

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