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Ntshikila, Nomonde; Condy, Janet L.; Meda, Lawrence; Phillips, Heather N. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2022
Background: Research into language and reading scores show that South African learners struggle to read for meaning. Many local researchers report on the inadequate teaching training programmes. Teachers cannot teach basic comprehenion skills. Objectives: This research identifies a gap in the research and records an intervention programme designed…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Foreign Countries, Cognitive Processes, Critical Thinking
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Sibanda, Rockie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2022
Background: In South Africa, developing criticality among learners is essential for their careers in school and outside school. However, knowledge and understanding of critical literacy within the schooling context is unclear, with only patchy guidance available for teachers. Objectives: An intervention project was set up to discover how community…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Critical Literacy
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Mathura, Shivona; Zulu, Free-Queen B. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: English Second Language (ESL) learners have difficulty constructing sentences due to internalising information in their home language and thereafter translating it into English. Learners who have difficulty speaking English generally encounter problems writing it, which hampers their creative writing ability. Objectives: The purpose of…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Boakye, Naomi A. Y. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: Many first-year students find the reading of academic texts to be challenging and overwhelming. In particular, first-year students studying sociology at the South African institution where the study was conducted complain of comprehension challenges. This may be due to the presence of numerous theoretical and abstract concepts in…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Direct Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Attitudes
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Biesman-Simons, Claire – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: South Africa's long-standing reading crisis is well recognised. At various stages since 2000, national government has presented the inculcation of a culture of reading as a solution to this crisis. Objectives: This article critically interrogated the term 'culture of reading' as used in national government discourse with reference to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Federal Programs, Independent Reading
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Kromhout, Jessamy; Scheckle, Eileen M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: Much of the research in literacy focuses on what learners fail to do, especially in the early grades, but it is equally important to research successful readers. In particular learners' experiences with literature contribute to our understanding of the possibilities literary texts offer. This article focused on learners' responses to…
Descriptors: Reader Text Relationship, Literature, English Instruction, High School Seniors
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Fatyela, Vuyokazi; Condy, Janet; Meda, Lawrence; Phillips, Heather – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: Developing higher-order comprehension skills of learners in primary schools is a challenge that faces many countries. South Africa is no exception. Primary school learners in South Africa have particularly low literacy and comprehension skills: many learners struggle to read for understanding. There is little published scholarship that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Primary Education, Grade 3
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Mgijima, Vukile D. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: Making predictions on how events might unfold when reading a text improves comprehension. Research on reading and making predictions tends to focus predominantly on the effects of making predictions as a reading strategy in monolingual contexts. So far, there is a paucity of research on the effects of reading development strategies in…
Descriptors: Prediction, Code Switching (Language), Reading Strategies, Second Language Learning
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Oguntade, Funmilayo M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: Reading is one of the most complex and exclusively human mental activities. It is a foundational skill for all learning, whether at primary, secondary or tertiary levels. If students do not master effective strategies for reading, they may not be successful independent learners. The ability to comprehend written texts and answer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Content Analysis, Reading Comprehension, Secondary School Students
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Dean, Jessica; Pascoe, Michelle; le Roux, Jane – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: Information and communication technology (ICT) reading interventions can help children with reading difficulties, especially those in resource-constrained environments who otherwise might not have support. Objectives: (1) Provide an overview of ICT reading interventions used globally with primary school children. (2) Provide further…
Descriptors: Intervention, Computer Uses in Education, Reading Difficulties, Elementary School Students
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Nkomo, Sibhekinkosi A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: This article reports on a responsive extensive reading programme (ERP), involving Grade 3 learners at two primary schools in the Eastern Cape over a duration of 20 weeks. Objectives: The sociocultural perspective of learning guided the implementation of the ERP which aimed at providing learners with opportunities to read books for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness, Grade 3
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Carnow, Anneline J.; Steenkamp, Andries; Ekron, Christélle – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: IsiXhosa students enrolled for the BEd Foundation Phase qualification at a university in South Africa failed their first year in identified at-risk subjects, namely Mathematics in Education, Language in Education and Computer Literacy. The students stated the reasons for failure as not understanding the concepts and terms of the…
Descriptors: African Languages, Native Language, Undergraduate Students, Academic Failure
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Marais, Ann-May; Wessels, Elsabé – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: There is growing international awareness of the dividends of early reading success and the consequences of early reading failure. Many studies have shown that the educational achievement of South African learners is unacceptably poor. There are shortcomings in the curriculum for English home language (EHL) which could be the reason for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Reading, Educational Policy, Reading Instruction
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Kimathi, Faith K.; Bertram, Carol – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: Despite South Africa's huge investment in professional development, there is not a lot of research that shows that teachers change their teaching practices by attending formal interventions. This article focuses on English as First Additional Language (EFAL) and explores how one Grade 2 teacher changed her practice of oral language…
Descriptors: Oral Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Daries, Mikaela A.; Probert, Tracy N. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: Spelling is a vital component of literacy. This is because spelling includes multiple metalinguistic components, such as phoneme-grapheme awareness, orthographic awareness and morphophonemic knowledge. Despite this, there remains, to date, insufficient literature on spelling in the Southern Bantu languages and, more specifically, in…
Descriptors: Spelling, Error Patterns, African Languages, Grade 3
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