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This paper might have been subtitled : "prolegomenon to an exploration of meaning interpretation in the textuallymediated, activity-oriented, L2 jigsaw paradigm".

An original jigsaw reading activity for foreign language learners is described; the exercise is made up from young people's L1 books. This forms a basis for a discussion on a wide range of issues which may be raised concerning two interdépendant aspects : the practical considerations of its use in the classroom and the more theoretical implications of the jigsaw reading technique for foreign language learning.

The issues include : the rationale and nature of jigsaw reading; ethnomethodological and applied linguistics perspectives on reading and on jigsaw reading; the pedagogic use of text; the type of language used in the exercise described and its congruence with theories of language acquisition and of reading activity in a foreign language.


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