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English L2 Reading

Getting to the Bottom, 4th Edition

By Barbara M. Birch, Sean Fulop


256 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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English L2 Reading: Getting to the Bottom uses research-based insights to examine bottom-up skills in reading English as a second language. This fourth edition clearly presents core concepts alongside their practical applications to teaching contexts, with updated research findings, a new focus on metalinguistic awareness, and new resources for students.

The text’s pedagogical features help readers connect linguistic details and psycholinguistic theory with practical explanations and teaching suggestions. Pre-reading Questions challenge readers to analyze their own experiences. Study Guide Questions allow readers to review, discuss, and assess their knowledge. Discussion Questions elaborate on themes in each chapter, while the new Language Awareness Activities help develop metalinguistic awareness. Three Appendices provide tables that list the graphemes and the phonemes of English, as well as a brand-new dictionary pronunciation guide.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Substantially revised and updated research on linguistics
  • New, evidence-based models on the reading process
  • Language Awareness Activities that highlight metalinguistic awareness
  • Word study examples in each chapter

For teachers, teacher trainers, reading researchers, or anyone interested in teaching reading, this popular, comprehensive, myth-debunking text provides clear and practical guidance towards effectively supplementing top-down teaching approaches with bottom-up reading strategies.

Table of Contents

1. The Beginning Reader 2. Writing Systems 3. Interlanguage Reading and Transfer 4. Listening Skills in Reading 5. Processing Letters 6. The English Spelling System 7. Approaches to Phonics 8. English Morphophonemic Spelling 9. Spelling Development 10. Vocabulary Acquisition 11. Getting to the Bottom of English L2 Fluency

About the Authors

Barbara M. Birch is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at California State University - Fresno, USA.

Sean Fulop is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at California State University - Fresno, USA.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts