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ERIC Number: EJ1031311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
Jumping from the Highest Graded Readers to Ungraded Novels: Four Case Studies
Uden, Jez; Schmitt, Diane; Schmitt, Norbert
Reading in a Foreign Language, v26 n1 p1-28 Apr 2014
This study follows a small group of learners in the UK to the end of a graded reading program using the Cambridge Readers and investigates whether this particular graded reading series provides a bridge to reading unsimplified novels for pleasure. The participants' reading comprehension, reading rates, vocabulary text coverage, and overall affect were measured and used for comparison between two of the highest level Cambridge Readers and two ungraded novels. The four books were also analysed to investigate the potential "gap" in vocabulary coverage between graded and ungraded fiction. The overall results revealed that learners can progress from a graded reading program using the Cambridge Readers to reading unsimplified novels for pleasure, but are likely to experience a reduction in vocabulary coverage from over 98% to around 95%. It was also found that the gap between graded and unsimplified novels may not be as big as previously thought.
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom