The Design of a Theme-Based and Genre-Oriented Strategic Reading Course to Improve Students’ Reading Comprehension Skills at a Public School in Colombia

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Fabián Padilla De La Cerda


This paper reports the process of designing and partially implementing and evaluating a content-based and genre-oriented syllabus with a group of ninth graders at a public school in Barranquilla, Colombia. The syllabus sought to promote reading strategies in order to improve learners’ comprehension of natural science texts. The results of this intervention show that the use of academic texts with low achievers, who in turn can develop a good comprehension of different kind of texts, is possible if these students are aware of the structure of the texts they are reading and if they are provided with reading strategies that are appropriate for each genre.

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Padilla De La Cerda, F. (2016). The Design of a Theme-Based and Genre-Oriented Strategic Reading Course to Improve Students’ Reading Comprehension Skills at a Public School in Colombia. HOW Journal, 23(1), 49-67.
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Fabián Padilla De La Cerda, Universidad del Norte

Fabián Padilla De La Cerda is an English teacher at a public school and at the languages department of Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. He has twelve years of experience in education and holds a BA in Foreign Languages from Universidad del Atlántico (Colombia) and an MA in the teaching of English from Universidad del Norte.


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