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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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Land, Sandra – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Automaticity, or instant recognition of combinations of letters as units of language, is essential for proficient reading in any language. The article explores automaticity amongst competent adult first-language readers of isiZulu, and the factors associated with it or its opposite - active decoding. Whilst the transparent spelling patterns of…
Descriptors: African Languages, Reading Processes, Adults, Native Language
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Probert, Tracy; de Vos, Mark – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Word recognition is a major component of fluent reading and involves an interaction of language structure, orthography, and metalinguistic skills. This study examined reading strategies in isiXhosa and the transfer of these strategies to an additional language, English. IsiXhosa was chosen because of its agglutinative structure and conjunctive…
Descriptors: African Languages, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction, Word Recognition