Randall Buth wrote:Thomas,
it sounds like you are putting off work on fluency, automaticity, and internalization until a "third year." Maybe we've discussed this already.
Thank you for raising the question, Randall. I was not really forgetting the work on fluency, but I am reminded again of its importance by your raising the issue. I do not need to be convinced, as I said above, but in the midst of competing pressures perhaps it was not 'front of mind' enough. We will do some real language exercises in our spring session, meet several times over the summer for real-language-sessions, and make it an essential part of the 2nd year program.
Randall Buth wrote:One of the most prolific and astute writers on Reading is Frank Smith. For example,
Smith, Frank (2004). Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read. 6th ed.
A nice article on the phonological loop and reading that deals with the experimental data is:
"Phonology in Second Language Reading: Not an Optional Extra"
Author(s): Catherine Walter
Source: TESOL Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 3, Psycholinguistics for TESOL (Sep., 2008), pp. 455-474
I have read Walter, and am reading Smith. Again, my own experience convinces me, but it is nice to be able to put language to it.
Stephen Hughes wrote:Here is the same extract from Aeschylus, Prometheus Vinctus, 709-711 at a bit over 150wpm. To me it sounds rushed. I don't seem to be able to do faster than that at present, because the new pronunciation system still requires thought as I read.
Here is the Longus, Daphnis and Chloe 3.12.1 recorded again at 233wpm (35 words in 9 seconds). It does sound like the speed of some types of radio broadcasts.
I clocked Spiros Zodhiates at 93 WPM and John Simon (Greek Latin Audio) at 113 WPM reading the GNT from Luke 1 and starting at the beginning.
This (sub)topic really began as a question about "fluency, automaticity, and internalization "
, and when I look at this area with my MBA hat on, I keep thinking that it is time for the academics and the pioneers to call in the strategists and the marketing guys. Rarely do either pioneers or academics make good strategists (and rarely is that their own assessment ;->), but there is a need to bring forth good materials into the mainstream, and to integrate them with the other essential resources needed for the task. As Stephen Hughes said, it is very often a question of opportunity and availability rather than a conscious choice of one method over the other.