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Prichard, Caleb; Atkins, Andrew – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2016
Previewing a text is a key global reading strategy. Previewing may increase comprehension as it can activate schema, increase global awareness of the text, and enhance the use of other reading strategies. Despite its importance, an explicit focus on previewing skills has been lacking and previous research on the reading strategies of second…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Student Surveys
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Jiang, Xiangying – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2016
This study discusses the construct of oral reading fluency and examines its relationship to reading comprehension among adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners of four first language (L1) backgrounds. One hundred and forty-nine adult learners of English with Arabic, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese language backgrounds participated in this…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Dhanapala, Kusumi Vasantha; Yamada, Jun – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2015
This study aims to understand how EFL learners in different reading proficiency levels comprehend L2 texts, using five-component skills involving measures of (1) vocabulary knowledge, (2) drawing inferences and predictions, (3) knowledge of text structure and discourse organization, (4) identifying the main idea and summarizing skills, and (5)…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Inferences
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Tavakoli, Hossein – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
This paper reports a study that explored the overall pattern of metacognitive awareness of reading strategy use and its possible relationship with reading comprehension. Moreover, the study investigated the influence of gender and proficiency level on the use of these strategies. The Survey of Reading Strategies Questionnaire (SORS), the…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Reading Comprehension, Multivariate Analysis, Semi Structured Interviews
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Ghabanchi, Zargham; Rastegar, Rabe'e – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
The aim of this study was to determine the impact of both IQ and emotional intelligence on reading comprehension in Iran. Forty-five EFL college students from Payame Noor University of Gonbad and Azad University of Gorgan participated in this study. Three independent tests were administrated, including Bar-On's emotional intelligence inventory…
Descriptors: Correlation, Emotional Intelligence, College Students, Intelligence Quotient
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Sadeghi, Karim – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
Cloze procedure, a technique not originally intended for measurement purposes, has come to be known as the most widely experimented upon testing tool in English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL). Testing experts have indeed used up their energy by constructing and working on various forms of cloze, with the unhappy result that not one person…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, English (Second Language), Reading Tests, Reading Comprehension
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Dwaik, Raghad A.; Shehadeh, Adnan M. – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2013
Top-down models of reading emphasize methods and techniques that promote active reading which involves utilizing contextual clues to guess vocabulary meaning. This study aims at analyzing the correlation between EFL students' general reading proficiency and guessing patterns, and identifying the types of contextual clues actually used by EFL…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Arabs
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Rahimi, Mohammad – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2007
Test method facet has been considered as an important factor affecting the testee's performance on a test. That is, a test used to assess a particular ability would yield different results when different test methods are used to gauge the same trait. The language of presentation is an aspect of test method conceived of as affecting the performance…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Indo European Languages