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Foreign Language Reading Materials: Strategies And Criteria For Selection [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. Ahead of Print: ALRJ-37790 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.37790

Foreign Language Reading Materials: Strategies And Criteria For Selection

Bohdana Labinska, Nataliia Vyspinska, Tetiana Koropatnitska, Dan Paranyuk
Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Reading is of great importance for the modern educational process. Naturally, reading as a communicative skill and a means of communication is always used at the FL classes. However, the FL competence of most Ukrainian teachers remains insufficient. The article dwells on the existing strategies and criteria for selecting the learning material as significant constituents of improving the level of teachersí FL competence in reading. The strategies of selecting FL texts, offered in this research, are relevant to the current tendencies prevailing in the formation of FL competence in reading. The latter include the choice of an effective search engine; focusing on the topic envisaged by the curriculum and the objectives of the FL class; fixing linguistic, speech, sociocultural aspects that are necessary for the class; applying different ways of highlighting / marking the lexical units and grammar structures; enlarging fonts; providing audio support for students with special educational needs (visually impaired students). In addition, the article presents the criteria for selecting the FL texts for reading in a due regard to educational, psycholinguistic, linguistic, technical, socio-cultural aspects, with an appropriate set of options for each of them. The developed strategies and criteria suggest that FL teachers should also be able to select the texts for students with special educational needs. With the aim of determining the level of Ukrainian teachersí FL competence in reading, there was conducted a survey, which has enabled the authors to find out the peculiarities of teachersí work with foreign texts, the shortcomings of search engines, as well as the lack of foreign texts that contain topics on various literary genres and reveal a sociocultural component. Eventually, the article offers certain approaches to the adaptation of foreign texts in terms of the learning objectives and studentsí communicative needs.

Keywords: strategies of selecting foreign language texts, criteria for selecting foreign language texts, adaptation of foreign language texts, foreign language competence in reading, search engines, media competence



Corresponding Author: Bohdana Labinska, Ukraine
Manuscript Language: English
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