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Smith, Reid; Snow, Pamela; Serry, Tanya; Hammond, Lorraine – Reading Psychology, 2021
A critical review was conducted to determine the influence background knowledge has on the reading comprehension of primary school-aged children. We identified twenty-three studies that met our criteria and focused on the links between background knowledge and reading comprehension of children in the mid to late primary years. Review findings…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Prior Learning, Reading Comprehension, Elementary School Students
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Zuo, Hongshan – Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 2021
Idioms abound in both spoken and written English, yet they present a particularly thorny problem in foreign language learning. One of the reasons for this difficulty is second language learners' ignorance of the holistic nature of English idioms. Based on computerized reading tasks, the present study probes the effects of using electronic glosses…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Reading Instruction
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Culver, Tiffany; Hutchens, Scott – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2021
College graduates are entering the workforce with reading and critical thinking deficiencies. This study examined students' and instructors' perceptions of reading in the college classroom and the course grades associated with not reading an assigned textbook. Instructor tenure-status and discipline were also examined to determine differences in…
Descriptors: Textbooks, College Students, College Faculty, Reading Attitudes
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Meniado, Joel C. – Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2021
This study examined the English extensive reading (ER) programs across the Arabian Gulf region. It investigated the ER models and approaches adopted by different higher education institutions (HEIs) in the region, their ER practices and activities, and the challenges they encountered in implementing their ER programs. Utilizing qualitative…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Comprehension, Reading Attitudes, Reading Materials
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Sukmawan, Sony; Setyowati, Lestari; El-Sulukiyyah, Ana Ahsana – International Journal of Language Education, 2021
The use of authentic materials for language teaching is common. Yet, there is not much information about what type of instructional materials benefits learners. The purpose of the study is to find empirical evidence of whether non-fiction authentic materials are more superior that fiction authentic material. The researchers used an experimental…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Instructional Effectiveness, Authentic Learning, Nonfiction
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Hamilton, Lorna G.; O'Halloran, Isabelle; Cutting, Nicola – First Language, 2021
Narrative production draws upon linguistic, cognitive and pragmatic skills, and is subject to substantial individual differences. This study aimed to characterise the development of narrative production in late childhood and to assess whether children's cumulative experience of reading fiction is associated with individual differences in narrative…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Child Development, Narration, Reading Materials
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Wang, Zhe; Ardasheva, Yuliya; Carbonneau, Kira; Liu, Qinglong – Applied Cognitive Psychology, 2021
A body of research indicates that the inclusion of seductive details in instructional materials negatively impacts learning. However, there is scant research that examines the format and the amount of seductive details as potential moderating factors across multiple learning outcomes. In two studies, one focused on seductive pictures and one on…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Visual Aids, Middle School Students, Reading Materials
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Rets, Irina; Rogaten, Jekaterina – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2021
Open Educational Resources (OER) aim to provide equal access to education. Yet, as the language level used in OER presents a barrier to many learners, there is a need to make these resources more comprehensible. This study combined eye-tracking methodology and comprehension assessment to explore the effect of text simplification on English second…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
Baron, Naomi S. – Oxford University Press, 2021
We face constant choices about how we read. Educators must select classroom materials. College students weigh their textbook options. Parents make decisions for their children. The digital revolution has transformed reading, and with the recent turn to remote learning, onscreen reading may seem like the only viable option. Yet selecting digital is…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Research, Printed Materials, Electronic Publishing
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Housel, David A.; Oranjian, Nevair – Adult Learning, 2021
Adult literacy and English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs are often challenged to find suitable and authentic reading texts and instructional materials for their students. Newsela PRO, an entirely online resource, provides high-interest fiction, timely news articles, and other nonfiction texts in both English and Spanish that focus on…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Reading Materials, Instructional Materials, Usability
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James-Gallaway, ArCasia D. – Multicultural Perspectives, 2021
With a focus on methods courses, this article makes a case for social studies teacher educators to employ in their pedagogy an intersectional perspective. I ask social studies teacher educators to consider critical history monographs, specialized book-length studies that center on marginalized perspectives, as pedagogical tools that complement…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teacher Educators, History Instruction, Methods Courses
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Waterhouse, Monica – Language and Education, 2021
This article describes research exploring the potential of arts-based, affective pedagogy to enact the dual mandate of second language programs for adult newcomers to Canada: facilitating official language learning and social integration. Deleuze-Guattarian affect theory informs the study framing both research and pedagogical practices as effects…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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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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Timlin, Chelsea; Warner, Chantelle; Clark, Laurie; Ploschnitzki, Patrick – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
Because of their presumably familiar plot lines and character tropes, the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales are often included as one of the earliest literary selections in German language and culture curricula. However, for learners to engage more critically and interpretively with fairy-tale genres, it is exactly their assumed familiarity with the…
Descriptors: Fairy Tales, Perspective Taking, German, Second Language Learning
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