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Hsiao-Hui Lin; Tzeng, Yuh-Tsuen; Chen, Hsueh-Chih; Huang, Yao-Hsuan – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: The issue of science is seldom brought into focus because of the way developing assessments of students' multiple text reading comprehension. Objectives: This study tested the sequential mediation model of scientific multi-text reading comprehension (SMTRC) by means of structural equation modelling (SEM), and aimed to advance the…
Descriptors: Science Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Construct Validity
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Eslick, Casey J.; le Roux, Mia; Geertsema, Salome; Pottas, Lidia – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: Literacy achievement of learners is a concern in many developing countries, particularly for English second language (EL2) learners with inadequate language development. It is important to investigate foundational phonological awareness (PA), as well as speech perception skills to guide the development of effective intervention for EL2…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Phonological Awareness, Auditory Perception, Speech Communication
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de Lange, Maryna M.; Winberg, Christine; Dippenaar, Hanlie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and similar international assessments, have consistently shown South African intermediate phase learners' performance to be among the lowest worldwide. Of particular concern is the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for Home Language in the Intermediate Phase…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Grade 4
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Sibanda, Rockie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Mother-tongue education in South African primary schools remains a challenge to policymakers. The situation is problematic in multilingual "lok'shin" (township) schools where the "lok'shin" lingua is not recognised as 'standard' language. This article raises the controversial possibility of positioning of…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, African Languages, Native Language, Language of Instruction
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Olifant, Tilla; Cekiso, Madoda; Rautenbach, Eunice – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Owing to the dearth of reading practices within the South African literacy landscape, many learners neither engage in productive reading habits, nor exhibit a positive attitude towards English First Additional Language (EFAL) reading. Consequently, many learners experience reading challenges, which negatively impact on their academic…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, English Teachers, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Dlamini, Patience; Sheik, Ayub – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Literacy education in the foundation phase is a global concern. Studies have shown that mastering literacy in the first three years of school ensured academic success and lack of it had negative effects academically, socially and economically. This research study sought to explore teachers' instructional practices for literacy in…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Grade 1, Elementary School Teachers, Urban Schools
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Stoffelsma, Lieke – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: This small-scale study investigated English vocabulary exposure from graded readers and teacher talk in Grade 3 classrooms in poorly resourced township schools in South Africa. Vocabulary is one of the key building blocks for becoming a fluent reader. Most words are learnt through incidental exposure to oral or written language.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Cilliers, Liezel; Bloch, Carole – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Early literacy teaching and learning in the foundation phase of rural schools in South Africa experience persistent challenges. In order to address some of these challenges, a national reading programme to improve literacy among rural learners was initiated by a nongovernmental organisation. The article provides an overview of how teachers in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Reading Programs
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Maboe, Ethel; Banoobhai, Mumthaz; Makgatho, Moses – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Literacy is regarded as a fundamental skill for people to communicate successfully in all areas of life. In the light of the poor performance of learners, an investigation concerning reading is imperative to enhance literacy in South Africa. This study explores the use of tablets to enhance English reading among learners in Grade 5 from selected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Reading Instruction
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Cekiso, Madoda – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
Background: There is a general outcry that too many South African Foundation Phase (Grades 1-3) teachers do not know how to teach reading and are currently teaching reading in an "ad hoc", unsystematic way. Objectives: In response to this, this study explored the Foundation Phase teachers' perceptions of their role in teaching reading.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Teachers
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Murris, Karin S.; Thompson, Robyn – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
This article reports on a philosophy for children (P4C) literacy project in a South African foundation phase classroom that introduces an important new focus in the P4C classroom: the visualisation of philosophical ideas provoked by the picture book "The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit" (2004) by Chris Wormell, giving voice…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Gennrich, Toni – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
In a context where Foundation Phase literacy teachers' personal literacy often involves operational and technicist practices rather than creative, this paper argues that it is by exposing teachers to experiences of working with different genres of text for an extended time, in different fields, that teachers are able to imagine the possibilities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Literacy Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Tembe, Juliet; Reed, Yvonne – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, many children are not learning to read competently in the first 3 years of primary school; thus, both 'reading to learn' and 'reading for pleasure' in these early years, and in higher grades, are constrained. Two of the many reasons for reading failure are the absence of suitable materials in languages with which…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, African Languages, Childrens Literature
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Hill, Margaret A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
Against a background that raises problems associated with the classification of languages in current South African curriculum policy, this article describes a programme based on a visual approach to writing, implemented in a farm school. The medium of instruction was English. The home languages of the teachers and learners were Afrikaans and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Rural Education, Language of Instruction
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Blease, Bernita; Condy, Janet – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
The purpose of this research project was to understand how Cambourne's theory of social constructivism, particularly his four instructional principles, was applied to the teaching of writing in two rural multigrade Foundation Phase classrooms in the Western Cape. Multigrade schools account for 30% of all primary schools in South Africa, but in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Rural Schools
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