Chapter 7: Chunking
Submitted by Gerry Gotham on January 21, 2015 - 1:39pm
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Chunking makes sense. Stories, chapters, news articles, and even short excerpts can be overwhelming for people who don't consider themselves to be "readers." I see this strategy as being useful when students read poems ("The Raven" comes to mind.). If they chunk their reading by stanza, they will be able to grasp the surface meaning and then dig deeper with each stanza. Also, I see this strategy being extremely useful when learners read historical speeches that contain unfamiliar vocabulary, historical references, and archaic sentence patterns. Taking time to read and understand one phrase or sentence at a time would be beneficial in understanding the whole text, as opposed to the teacher just explaining what the whole speech is about.