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Biesman-Simons, Claire; Dixon, Kerryn; Pretorius, Elizabeth; Reed, Yvonne – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: Given the comprehensively documented literacy crisis in South Africa and the gaps in what is known about the effective teaching of reading and writing in schools, high-quality literacy research is a priority. Objectives: This article evaluates South African research from two annotated bibliographies on reading in African languages at…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Literacy Education, Educational Research
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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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Gachago, Daniela; Livingston, Candice – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: Digital storytelling (DST) has been embraced in classrooms around the world as a way to unpack issues of identity and positionality which are critical for any pedagogy concerned with social justice. However, adopting this process-orientated practice into higher education raises ethical concerns especially in relation to the normative…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Computer Uses in Education, Social Justice, Ethics
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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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Ngubane, Nomalungelo I.; Ntombela, Berrington; Govender, Samantha – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2020
Background: The teaching of writing in English First Additional Language (EFAL) classrooms remains less explored in the Further Education and Training Phase (FET) in South Africa. This is so despite research showing a decline in the writing skills of second language learners, especially at the FET phase, calling attention to how writing is taught.…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Strategies, School Districts, Code Switching (Language)
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Pistorius, Tana; Mwim, Odirachukwu S. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: The evolution in digital technologies has had an enormous impact on traditional copyright notions. Works in digital form have uniform characteristics and these works can be copied, distributed and stored with ease. Objectives: The focus of this article was how to attain a balance between the need to promote access to works and…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Copyrights, Laws, Intellectual Property
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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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Fola-Adebayo, Titi J. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Exposure to a blended experience has the potential to heighten students' online critical literacy skills, and prepare them to participate in the new online communities that emerge within a networked society. Objectives: This article considered the perceptions of a cohort of third-year undergraduates of the Department of Communication…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Blended Learning, Critical Literacy
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Andrianatos, Kristien – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Reading is a functional academic literacy ability needed by students in higher education. In the South African context, inadequate reading ability is one of the reasons for high undergraduate attrition rates. It seems that role players within this sector are of the opinion that students have reading 'problems' that need to be 'fixed',…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Reading Difficulties, Barriers
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Bangeni, Bongi; Greenbaum, Lesley – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: From 2020, the Law faculty has decided to discontinue the five-year Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) stream within the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree for a variety of reasons, including students' perceptions of stigma, the poor throughput rate of this stream and the identified need to extend academic support to more students in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Bachelors Degrees, Law Students
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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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Songxaba, Sister L.; Sincuba, Limkani – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: The Eastern Cape province in South Africa is a multilingual province where isiXhosa is the most widely spoken indigenous language. Learners seldom use English at home, and it remains, largely, the language of learning and teaching used at school. With the advent of dynamic technology, learners are widely exposed to social media, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Madikiza, Nophawu; Cekiso, Madoda P.; Tshotsho, Baba P.; Landa, Nhlanhla – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Despite the fact that comprehension plays an important role in the reading process, the literature in a South African context reveals that learners continue to struggle with it and teachers continue to neglect it in their teaching. The literature has further shown that teachers' neglect of comprehension in their reading lessons could be attributed…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Instruction
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Gennrich, Toni; Dison, Laura – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Often, at universities, it is assumed that students will automatically find their 'voice' after a period of exposure to the academic field. What is not understood fully are the struggles that students with different levels of preparedness have in finding and asserting their academic voice, particularly in the academic writing genres necessary for…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Vocabulary
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