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How “Guessing Meaning from Context” and “Making Inferences” Can Be Taught through Literature Teaching

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2008, 9(3), pp.20-33
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

David B. Kim 1

1경원대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to show how the two most basic reading skills in an EFL teaching of reading - guessing meaning from context and making inferences - can be taught through literature teaching. To this end, this study has chosen two of the most popular English literature in Korea to show how in practice it can be applied in an EFL reading class. This study points out and explains 10 instances of guessing meaning from context and 33 instances of making inferences. In this way, this study shows that when examples that are relevant to the two reading skills are well-chosen they promote and strengthen the learners overall reading competency and make them more fluent readers. The limitation of this study, however, lies in the absence of specific teaching suggestions based on the “actual classroom experiment.” The administration of reading tests to ascertain how well Korean EFL learners perform the two reading skills - guessing meaning from context and making inferences - and with which features of them they have most difficulty with would have provided a better framework for developing a ‘teaching plan’ for the above two reading strategies.

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