Crap Detecting: An Approach to Developing Critical Reading and Thinking Skills in the Foreign Language Curriculum

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ABSTRACT  This paper describes a three‐part approach to the enhancement of critical‐reading and thinking skills. In particular, this paper proposes 1) a rationale for emphasizing the skill; 2) a specific role foreign language can play; and 3) two classroom‐tested activities presented in French. This active and problem‐solving approach to reading a second language advocates the use of authentic and unsimplified non‐literary texts for use by advanced high school and intermediate college students. It is hoped that this approach will encourage foreign language students to think more actively, objectively, and critically when reading both native‐ and second‐language texts. © 1987 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

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Foreign Language Annals