READING BRAINWAVES 2 TEACHAR
To the Teacher
This Reading book is for high beginning students of English as a foreign
language. It contains 5 units, each containing 4 lessons, featuring not longer
than one page reading texts on topics of high interest to university students
in Saudi Arabia. The book has been designed with great care taking account
of cultural sensitivity.
The rationale of this book is that University students in Saudi Arabia
need to improve their communicative competence for the purposes not only
of participating effectively in tutorials, seminars and teacher-led classes,
but also of survival within the system professionally. Therefore, each of the
5 thematic units in this book contains readings which introduce students to
their immediate academic environment.
In the first unit, students are introduced to resources commonly found in
universities. These lessons guide students in dealing with issues such as
university registration, using the library and building awareness of the
different academic and support departments in universities. The second unit
carries on with university resources. In the first lesson of this unit students
are guided in the process of using such resources. The unit then promptly
shifts to content subjects that university students study in their
Orientation Programme –i.e. Mathematics and Computing. This part of the
second unit is designed to serve Preparatory Year students by helping them
grasp basic principles in mathematics and computing. Therefore, it can be
stated that this unit addresses a specific purpose which is acquainting
students with their content subject areas through specific reading texts
and their accompanying activities.
Unit three goes into more detail about these two subject areas by
providing reading texts related to these areas. The activities however
target students’ understanding of the language forms used in these areas
without heavily relying on the jargon associated with these topics. Unit four
contains lessons which support students’ understanding of mathematical
language and analysis. The approach however emphasises linguistic and
communicative tasks which test students’ understanding of the readings.
This is done through the introduction of activities which require students to
interact with the readings and infer meanings to support their
comprehension. Unit five however includes a variety of readings which are
not entirely linked to content subject areas University Preparatory Year
students take in their first year. This unit features selected readings which
aim at broadening students’ understanding of scientific processes and some
patterns of social behaviour in Middle Eastern societies.
This Reading book provides the students with intellectually stimulating
readings which are not far beyond their understanding. The focus in the
entire book is on strategies that make reading easier for the students. To
this end, both vocabulary and grammar have been carefully controlled to be
at the students’ level of comprehension. Throughout the book students are
exposed to limited vocabulary items which are continuously recycled to
enable them to improve rapidly. High frequency vocabulary has been recycled
throughout the units of the book to give students the opportunity to see new
vocabulary many times and in a variety of contexts.
The tasks that students are required to perform are not too exigent. It is
hoped that students will move through the units of this book with a growing
sense of confidence and achievement as they discover that they can find
main ideas, guess meaning from context, make inferences, recognise topics,
and understand the vocabulary used. In addition, some of the pre-reading
activities allow students to practice dictionary skills in an attempt to foster
learning independence through self-directed learning activities.
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