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Martini, Juliane –, 2020
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the appropriateness of open-access reading materials for an intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, and to provide teachers with a set of criteria to select online texts systematically and efficiently. The Corpus for Veterinarians (VetCorpus) was compiled and analyzed using Lextutor corpus…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Open Source Technology, Academic Language, Vocabulary Development
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Harrold, Peter –, 2019
The Xreading website provides students with access to an extensive virtual library of graded readers. Teachers can then use it to keep track of which titles the students access, the total number of words they read, their reading speed, and also whether they have completed post-reading quizzes. However, an overreliance on monitoring student…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Web Sites, Integrated Learning Systems, Electronic Libraries
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Carvalho, Paulo F.; Gao, Min; Motz, Benjamin A.; Koedinger, Kenneth R. – International Educational Data Mining Society, 2018
Students who actively engage with learning materials, for example by completing more practice activities, show better learning outcomes. A straightforward step to stimulate this desirable behavior is to require students to complete activities and downplay the role of reading materials. However, this approach might have undesirable consequences,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learning Activities, Reading Materials, Drills (Practice)
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Mulling, Alessandra Belletti Figueira –, 2017
This study highlights learners' perceptions about their experience with self-access materials with a qualitative orientation as the best way to understand nuances of how students learn and what they need from learning materials. This paper presents English as a foreign language learners' attitudes when interacting with the computer-reading section…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Reading Materials, English (Second Language)
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Godwin-Jones, Robert –, 2017
This paper reports on a case study in the experimental use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in intermediate level language instruction. The resources come from three sources: the instructor, the students, and open content repositories. The objective of this action research project was to provide student-centered learning materials, enhance…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Case Studies, Multimedia Materials, Shared Resources and Services
Mora, Raúl Alberto; Castaño, Melissa; Gómez, Nathalie; Ramírez, Natalia; Mejía-Vélez, María Camila; Pulgarín, Carla – Online Submission, 2015
This paper shows the results of a study that described how people in Medellín, Colombia are using English as a communicative resource. Relying on an ethnographic approach, the research team discovered that English appears as an element that helps enrich the complexity of the messages that one finds in urban spaces in the city. These findings…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Usage
Daisey, Peggy – Online Submission, 2014
(Purpose) The purpose of this study was to describe how secondary preservice teachers of diverse subject areas shared their reading with an individual student in school. A second purpose was to describe the barriers (if any) that they faced sharing their reading. A third purpose was to report their beliefs about the positive aspects of sharing…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Sharing Behavior, Reading Habits, Reading Attitudes
Goedecke, Patricia J.; Dong, Daqi; Shi, Genghu; Feng, Shi; Risko, Evan; Olney, Andrew M.; D'Mello, Sidney K.; Graesser, Arthur C. – International Educational Data Mining Society, 2015
Engagement during reading can be measured by the amount of time readers invest in the reading process. It is hypothesized that disengagement is marked by a decrease in time investment as compared with the demands made on the reader by the text. In this study, self-paced reading times for screens of text were predicted by a text complexity score…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Reader Text Relationship, Time, Predictor Variables
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Nocchi, Susanna – The EUROCALL Review, 2012
This paper describes the author's experience with a pilot course of Italian in SL®[superscript 2]. The course is part of a PhD research on "Exploring the potential of virtual worlds to promote Intercultural Awareness in students learning Italian as a Foreign Language." In the paper the author will justify her choice of virtual worlds for…
Descriptors: Intercultural Programs, Cultural Awareness, Italian, Program Descriptions
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Coppens, Julian; Rico, Mercedes; Agudo, J. Enrique –, 2012
Language learning and acquisition requires exposure to a language whether in a formal or informal learning environment as well as opportunities to produce the target language in a meaningful context. Therefore, it is unsurprising that the development of tools and web-based applications that allow written, audio, visual, and audio-visual material…
Descriptors: Electronic Journals, Web Sites, Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials
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Okazaki, Hironobu; Hashimoto, Shinichi; Fukuda, Eri; Nitta, Haruhiko; Kido, Kazuhiko –, 2012
As extensive reading becomes more commonplace in the EFL/ESL classroom, there is a rise in the number of instructors and administrators who are looking for cost-effective and space-saving methods to carry out extensive reading activities. Two extensive reading systems to respond to such concerns were developed with the support of a Grant-in-Aid…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Program Development, Reading Programs
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Feldmann, Doug – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2011
The author posits that those going into the education field in contemporary times are no longer overly concerned with traditional discouragements such as low salaries; rather, what appears to be desired today by teachers--both novice and veteran--is the "freedom" to make reasonable curricular and instructional choices, and the…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Teaching (Occupation), Reading Materials, Freedom
Mahabir, Indramati Kumar – Online Submission, 2010
The purpose of this study was two-fold. It was first to find out what the educational materials needs were for children living in poverty, and second, to learn of the challenges, obstacles, and strengths by the programs already in place that were supplying educational materials to these children. This study used interviews and surveys as data…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Equal Education, Poverty, Instructional Materials
Lath, Meenakshi – Australian Teacher Education Association, 2009
The individualization of curriculum is a challenge for the teacher education system in India. Curricula are prescribed by Universities for all the affiliated colleges, and these undergo revision only every few years. The curriculum innovation described in this report is a response to this challenge. The study explores a unique case of the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum Development, Educational Innovation
Kaplan, Julie Sobel; Tracey, Diane H. – Online Submission, 2008
Using an experimental research design, this project investigated the effects of teacher read-alouds when students did, and did not, have access to companion texts. Based on Connectionist theory, the researchers hypothesized that students in the Companion Text group would outperform students in the Listen Only group on the three examined variables:…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Achievement Gains, Grade 2, Reading Instruction
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