Developing Reading Skills of the New Generation Students

Roma Kriaučiūnienė, Zita Mažuolienė

Abstract


The article focuses on the issues of reading of foreign language students at contemporary universities. The age of information, rapid development of IT have affected reading preferences and reading skills of our students. In this ubiquitous multimodal digital environment our students’ reading preferences have been shifting: digital rather than printed text reading has become an everyday reality. Therefore, a new kind of literacy is required – the ability to read multimodal texts, which have an impact on reading. This raises some questions for educators: what particular reading skills our students have to acquire in order to have full comprehension of multimodal texts? Moreover, in order to understand the meaning of specific professional texts read in English or any other foreign language the reader requires linguistic as well as some specific professional knowledge and particular (cognitive, metacognitive) reading skills, or in other words, disciplinary literacy is required. Consequently, this raises new requirements for university teachers - to teach our New Generation FL students the reading skills necessary for understanding of the meaning, critical assessment and evaluation of professional texts in a foreign language. Thus, the aim of the article is to establish what particular reading skills our students need and have to acquire in order to understand the meaning of specific professional texts read in the English or any other foreign language? The aim is specified by the following research questions: what kind of texts (digital or printed) are preferred by our New Generation FL students and what reading strategies are employed by the students of the English language? The research was carried out at Vilnius University in 2016. The analysis of students’ reading strategies lead to the conclusion that their reading skills need to be developed more in the teaching / learning process of foreign languages.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.sal.0.30.16673


Keywords


Key words: cognitive reading strategies, reading preferences, online and printed texts, New Generation, foreign language students.

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Print ISSN: 1648-2824
Online ISSN: 2029-7203