Many learners want to improve their knowledge of a language - but don't want to speak the language (perhaps they are inhibited or don't plan to travel). For these learners, the most appropriate medium for language use is reading and the most measurable benchmark of success is the ability to read authentic sources. This book aims to satisfy the unmet needs of these learners. "Better Reading French" provides an accelerated approach to improve reading speed and understanding. It focuses on developing skills specifically appropriate for reading. Because passive understanding is easier than developing an active vocabulary, learners can make much more rapid progress than through the many communicative language courses on the market. They will also be able to develop specific reading skills, such as skimming for sense, scanning, determining meaning, learning idioms, understanding artistic expression, selective dictionary use and so on. Reflecting the reading patterns of today's busy lifestyles, the book contains authentic extracts from newspaper reports, internet articles and magazine features, as well as longer literary sources.
Guidelines and exercises help develop the learner's reading abilities and increase speed, comprehension and vocabulary. A further-reading chapter directs the learner's enthusiasm for more reading in appropriate directions.
Annie Hemminway is an author and teacher at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise.