Acquisition of Reading Skills in English as a Second Language in a Community of Native Speakers: the Case of ESL Pupils in British Schools
Ranjana Asa

Introduction
This paper is concerned with some of the issues facing teachers in helping second—language learners read or develop their reading skills in English. In second language instruction in general, reading does not receive the same amount of attention as speaking or writing. Yet reading is a vital area for school success. In British schools, moreover, second-language learners are expected to be as proficient in English as mother-tongue users of the language and no distinction is made between TESOL and MTE’ except in those places specially concerned with ESL work.

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