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Yang, Ya-Han; Chu, Hsi-Chin; Tseng, Wen-Ta – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
This study investigates the effects of the text difficulty of extensive reading materials on the reading comprehension and reading motivation of English as a foreign language (EFL) vocational high school students in Taiwan. Two experimental groups were assigned, on an individual basis, to read graded readers at either one level below ('i-1') or…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Materials, Reading Motivation
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Lynn, Ethan M. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
Two groups of English as a second language students engaged in a fourteen-week repeated reading (RR) treatment: (1) a 3x group (n = 16), which engaged in three readings per session, and (2) a 5x group (n = 15), which engaged in five readings per session. Reading rate and background knowledge were measured at five points to assess the effect of…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Individual Differences, Comparative Analysis, Second Language Learning
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Mikami, Yuka – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study applied a qualitative approach and investigated the processes of motivational change through goal setting in extensive reading (ER). The one-year ER program integrating goal setting was introduced in a Japanese university. Interviews were conducted with four selected participants from among 23 students. The results revealed different…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Reading Motivation, Self Efficacy, Reading Programs
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Zhou, Jing; Day, Richard R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
The study investigated the effect of marginal glossing and frequency of occurrence on the incidental learning of six aspects of vocabulary knowledge through reading in the second language (L2) Chinese. Participants were 30 intermediate L2 Chinese learners in an American public university. The MACOVA tests indicated that the treatment group who…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Chinese
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Goulart, Larissa – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study investigates the development of lexico-grammatical complexity in two levels of graded readers, beginner and intermediate. Using the linguistic features described in Biber et al. (2011), 58 graded readers were analyzed. Biber et al. (2011) proposed a lexico-grammatical developmental sequence based on empirical research. In this study, 11…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Difficulty Level, Readability, Grammar
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Zhang, Zhiying; Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study investigated the effects of reading bilingual books on vocabulary learning. Eighty-two Chinese English as a foreign language (EFL) learners read different versions of the same text: English-only text, English text with target words glossed, English text followed by the Chinese text, and Chinese text followed by the English text. A…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Books, Reading Materials, Vocabulary Development
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Boutorwick, T. J.; Macalister, John; Elgort, Irina – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
One avenue for developing second language (L2) vocabulary knowledge is through Extensive Reading (ER). ER can provide opportunities for incidental learning to occur. Class time is often too restricted for sufficient attention to deliberate learning (Hunt & Beglar, 2005) meaning ER is important for L2 vocabulary development. This article builds…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Huang, Ting – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study adopted the between-subjects and within-subjects group designs to examine the impact of visual aids on 26 intermediate Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) learners' reading comprehension in an American college. Students were assigned into two groups to complete multiple-choice and translation tasks to test effects of visual aids. The…
Descriptors: Chinese, Reading Comprehension, Visual Aids, Student Characteristics
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Kramer, Brandon; McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Reading rate, usually measured in words per minute, is a common operationalization of reading fluency in second language (L2) research and pedagogy. However, the impact of word length is often not addressed. This paper presents two studies showing how the number of characters in a text influences L2 reading time, independent of word counts, within…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Comparative Analysis
Dolosic, Haley – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
As second language (L2) reading assessment and proficiency grow in importance globally, many questions remain about the multifaceted nature of L2 reading. This study examined the interconnected relationships of text type, test method, topic familiarity, and self-assessment, as they relate to L2 reading through correlation and regression analyses…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, College Students
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Shimono, Torrin R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
The progression of silent reading rates and reading comprehension were examined among Japanese university students (N = 55) over one academic semester. Participants were divided into three quasi-experimental groups. The first group practiced a combination of timed reading and repeated oral reading with attention paid to chunking and prosody. The…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Huang, Sha – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
Second language (L2) reading research suggests that successful reading comprehension usually involves a repertoire of strategies. Although Chinese is considered to be a challenging language for foreign language readers, thus far, few studies have investigated how strategies are orchestrated by readers of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) to…
Descriptors: Chinese, Reading Strategies, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chang, C.-S.; Millett, Sonia – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study compared the reading speed, comprehension and perceptions of two groups of English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. Each group addressed one of two types of narrow reading: same genre and same title. The same genre texts were three graded readers in the "Sherlock Holmes" series, and the same title texts were "The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Reading Rate, Reading Comprehension, Student Attitudes
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Bahmani, Roghayeh; Farvardin, Mohammad Taghi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study aimed to examine the effects of different text difficulty levels on foreign language reading anxiety (FLRA) and reading comprehension of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners. To this end, 50 elementary EFL learners were selected from two intact classes (n = 25 each). Each class was assigned to a text difficulty level (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Reading Materials, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Kida, Shusaku – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
The present study investigated second language (L2) learners' acquisition of automatic word recognition and the development of L2 orthographic representation in the mental lexicon. Participants in the study were Japanese university students enrolled in a compulsory course involving a weekly 30-minute sustained silent reading (SSR) activity with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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