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Teaching Readers of English

Students, Texts, and Contexts

By John Hedgcock, Dana R. Ferris

© 2009 – Routledge

432 pages

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A comprehensive manual for pre- and in-service ESL and EFL educators, this frontline text balances insights from current reading theory and research with highly practical, field-tested strategies for teaching and assessing L2 reading in secondary and post-secondary contexts. Teaching Readers of English:

  • provides a through yet accessible survey of L2 reading theory and research
  • addresses the unique cognitive and socioeducational challenges encountered by L2 readers
  • covers the features of L2 texts that teachers of reading must understand
  • acquaints readers with methods for designing reading courses, selecting curricular materials, and planning instruction
  • explores the essential role of systematic vocabulary development in teaching L2 literacy
  • includes practical methods for assessing L2 students’ proficiency, achievement, and progress in the classroom.

Pedagogical features in each chapter include questions for reflection, further reading and resources, reflection and review questions, and application activities.


"A book of this kind is long overdue…. It is a giant contribution to the field. With its emphasis on a socioliterate approach to reading and literacy, it nicely captures the prevailing view of academic literacy instruction. Its extremely skillful and well-developed balancing act between theory and practice allows it to appeal to a wide variety of readers. Pre-and-in service teachers, in particular, will benefit immensely." -- Alan Hirvela, The Ohio State University

Table of Contents



1 Fundamentals of L1 and L2 Literacy: Reading and Learning to Read

2 L2 Reading: Focus on the Reader

3 L2 Reading: Focus on the Text

4 Syllabus Design and Instructional Planning for the L2 Reading Course

5 Designing an Intensive Reading Lesson

6 Reading for Quantity: The Benefits and Challenges of Extensive Reading

7 Using Literary Texts in L2 Reading Instruction

8 Vocabulary Learning and Teaching in L2 Reading Instruction

9 Classroom L2 Reading Assessment



Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

John S. Hedgcock is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Dana R. Ferris is Associate Professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language