11This chapter contains five short texts on which to practise your independent reading
skills, before progressing to longer and more complex texts in Chapters 12 to 16. It also
sets out a suggested method for approaching new texts, and especially the kind of longer
text contained in the following chapters.As you begin to tackle longer and more sophisticated German texts for the first time you
should try to develop a clear set of reading strategies. The rationale for these strategies
has already been introduced in Chapter 10. As you work through the texts in the later
chapters of this course you may decide to adapt some of the reading strategies set out
there, depending on which of them you find most helpful. The important point is that you
should begin to develop a set of conscious strategies of your own for tackling German
Five Short Texts
Working with a Text in Three StagesThe remaining chapters of this course will work with a method of tackling a text in three
main phases: pre-reading, intensive reading, and post-reading. Before reading these texts
intensively, practise the 'pre-reading' exercises described below. After reading them, do
the 'post-reading' exercises. This will involve going back over part or all of the text to
check that you have understood details properly.
Pre-readingThere are many strategies which can help to improve your understanding of the text
before you actually begin to read it intensively. Before you read the texts in this chapter
you should practise the following simple pre-reading routine:
|1. ||Spend a minute or two calling to mind (in English) everything you know about the
topic being discussed in the text. Focus particularly on the important vocabulary that
comes to mind when you do this.|
|2. ||Skim the text (do not try to close-read it) and note any special features that strike you.
These can include subheadings, graphs, highlighted words (e.g. italics), brackets,
|3. ||Skim the text again, this time looking for any words which 'jump out' because they are
already familiar, or look guessable.|
These simple exercises should be done without reading the text closely, i.e. 'word by
word, sentence by sentence'. Simply let your eye travel over the text, from beginning to
end and then back again. Further suggestions for you to try at the pre-reading stage are
set out in later chapters.
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Book title: Reading German:A Course and Reference Grammar.
Contributors: Waltraud Coles - Author, Bill Dodd - Author.
Publisher: Oxford University.
Place of publication: Oxford.
Publication year: 1997.
Page number: 80.
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