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1: Meaningful Interpretation

Introduction
Before You Watch
Analyze the Video
Examine the Topic
Put it Into Practice
Action Research Project
Reflect on Your Learning

Resources
Library Video Chart
Printouts
Assignments
Invoking the interpretive mode is one of the most creative ways to make a text personal to all kinds of learners. Every student in a classroom can come to appreciate a text on his or her own level.

- Virginia Scott, Chair of French and Italian, Vanderbilt University


Learning Goals

How can you build your students' interpretive skills? In this session, you'll review relevant research, observe video discussions and classroom examples, and do a culminating activity on the interpretive mode of communication. At the end of this session, you will better understand how to:
  • lead students from comprehension to deeper interpretation of authentic texts;
  • prepare effective interpretive tasks for students;
  • integrate interpretive communication tasks into a unit of study; and
  • select from a range of authentic texts — such as art, film, folktales, advertisements, and books — based on their cultural and interdisciplinary content.

Key Terms

authentic text
co-construction of meaning
communicative modes
four-skills approach
Schema theory
top-down reading process


Materials Needed

An authentic text that you would like to use in an upcoming lesson with your students. For example, you could select a Web site, literary text, audio recording, film, or visual (such as a painting) that relates to the theme of the lesson or addresses cultural issues.



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Examine the Topic | Put It Into Practice | Action Research Project | Reflect on Your Learning
Resources | Library Videos Chart | Printouts | Assignments

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