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Dornbrack, Jacqui; Dixon, Kerryn – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
Advances in technology, changes in communication practices, and the imperatives of the workplace have led to the repositioning of the role of writing in the global context. This has implications for the teaching of writing in schools. This article focuses on the argumentative essay, which is a high-stakes genre. A sample of work from one Grade 10…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Essays
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Zimmerman, Lisa – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
The evidence of the huge challenges of literacy development faced by South African learners is primarily gleaned from the results of learners' external assessments. There is little research which explores, in-depth, the strategies used by teachers to teach reading literacy and reading comprehension specifically. Questions remain about what is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Grade 4, International Assessment
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Ketsitlile, Lone; Commeyras, Michelle – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
The main purpose of this review on published information on reading in Botswana schools is to seek ways of providing instruction and assessment that result in children becoming proficient readers. Botswana has made impressive progress in literacy growth since independence. However, a lot still needs to be done if literacy is to become all that it…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Foreign Countries, African Languages
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Rimensberger, Nicole – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
This article explores the contradiction between student teachers' acknowledgement of the importance of reading and their actual personal reading habits, and by doing so, attempts to dig below the surface and 'take stock' of future teachers' attitudes towards reading at a private tertiary institution in Durban, South Africa. The rationale is that…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Reading Habits, Preservice Teacher Education
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Linnegar, Kate; Condy, Janet; McKinney, Emma – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
This research examines the effects of poor working memory skills on a Grade 2 learner. Mediated learning is the theoretical framework that underpins this research project as the focus is on developing cognitive functions, particularly focusing on the working memory of a learner. An independent case study was conducted on one learner, using a…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Cognitive Processes
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Andema, Samuel; Kendrick, Maureen; Norton, Bonny – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
This case study investigated the relationship between policy and practice with regard to advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Ugandan teacher education. Our qualitative study, conducted in 2008, focused on the experiences of six language teacher educators in an urban Primary Teachers' College (PTC). We also drew on…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Technological Literacy, Language Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Okebukola, Foluso; Owolabi, Tunde; Onafowokan, Beatrice O.A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
Recent studies and frequent news reports have expressed concerns about African children's decreasing reading habits and dwindling achievement in language and primary science examinations. African children are not reading because they have reading difficulties or because they have no interest in books. This article focuses on the elementary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Motivation, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Griva, Eleni; Chostelidou, Dora – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
The present study was concerned with eliciting information about the problems that bilingual or immigrant students' encounter and the strategies that they employ whilst writing in Greek as a second language (GL2) and in English as a foreign language (EFL). The sample consisted of a total of 32 bilingual students, aged between 10 and 12 from…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Greek, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Magogwe, Joel M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
This study explored metacognitive awareness level of University of Botswana students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. It also considered the more recent research focusing on the role of metacognitive awareness in reading and how it relates to proficiency. The following questions are addressed: (1) What are the self-reported reading proficiencies…
Descriptors: Metacognition, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Strategies
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Lukhele, Beatrice B. S. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
In this research study, relationships between attitudes to reading, reading ability, vocabulary and academic performance were investigated. The data were gathered and triangulated from an attitude questionnaire, an author and magazine recognition test, as well as from reading comprehension and academic test performance of 84 first- and third-year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Hendricks, Monica – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
The phases of post-apartheid curriculum reform starting with Curriculum 2005, to the revisions ushered in by the National Curriculum Statements and the recent Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements display a trend toward increasing prescription in terms of content to be taught and allocation of curriculum time per subject, both of which are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Motivation, National Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Wishart, Elsemieke – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
This research article explores the concept that libraries as communication centres in sub-Saharan Africa can play a vital role in bringing poverty relief by providing greater access to information through modern technology. It discusses the patrons who can benefit from community information centres and explores their particular needs. I have…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Role, Access to Information, Poverty
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Kalua, Fetson – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
Julia Kristeva coined the term 'intertextuality' to explain her utter belief in the mutability and movement of texts, in contradistinction to the time-honoured popular idea that a text is an autonomous and self-evident object. For Kristeva, any text implies the existence and embedding of other texts, also known as sub-texts, within it. This has…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Reading Materials, Reading Strategies, Literacy
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Cekiso, Madoda – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
The aim of this study was to examine the reading strategies used by Grade 11 English Second Language (ESL) learners and the possible effects of reading instruction on their reading comprehension and strategy awareness. A quasi-experimental pre-test and post-test control group design was used. The participants included a total of 60 Grade 11…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Grade 11
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Janks, Hilary – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
This article offers a first-person account of an academic writing workshop from the perspective of a participant. What is significant is that the workshop combines traditional and creative writing approaches to the teaching of academic writing. This provides new insights into a process of academic writing that can have a significant effect on the…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Capacity Building, Writing Instruction, Higher Education
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