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Tabatabaee-Yazdi, Mona; Baghaei, Purya – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
In this study the cognitive correlates of reading comprehension in English as a foreign language were studied. The Cattell-Horn-Carroll model of cognitive abilities was used as the theoretical grounding for the study. We examined the relationship between fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence, verbal analogical reasoning, and speed of…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Cognitive Ability
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Daniel, Cathy E.; Halimi, Florentina; AlShammari, Iqbal A. – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
The teaching of English as a second/foreign language to Arab students has received considerable attention during the past decade. The use of English as a medium of instruction in the Arabian Gulf has become prominent but has only recently been examined academically. In Kuwait, the need to learn and use English is emerging. Attention toward how…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Arabs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Sakurai, Nobuko – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2017
This paper explored the effects of the amount of extensive reading (ER) on writing ability. Participants were 157 first and second-year non-English majors at a private university in Japan who took a writing test in class. Some of them were reading extensively, while others had no experience in ER. The outcomes of Pearson's correlation indicated…
Descriptors: Correlation, Reading Writing Relationship, Scores, Vocabulary Development
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Izadi, Mehri; Nowrouzi, Hossein – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2016
The present study aimed at exploring the effect of reciprocal reading strategies instruction on reading comprehension of EFL learners. Emotional intelligence, another variable of interest, was assessed to indicate whether it plays a role in learners' comprehension. In a pre- and post-test study, forty-two learners went through a reciprocal reading…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Emotional Intelligence, Reciprocal Teaching, English (Second Language)
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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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Safdarian, Zahra; Ghyasi, Majid; Farsani, Mohammad Amini – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
This study sought to uncover the reading strategies utilized by Iranian undergraduate English Foreign Language (EFL) learners and their relationship with personality types. To this end, 194 university EFL learners were asked to fill out the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to identify their personality types and answer a reading strategy…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Undergraduate Students, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Vahdat, Sedigheh; Rasti Behbahani, Amin – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2013
This study explored the effect of video games as a new tool for Iranian EFL (English as a foreign language) vocabulary learning. To conduct the study, 40 intermediate EFL learners, both male and female, were chosen through a TOEFL proficiency test. The participants were divided into two groups (10 males and 10 females in each): a control group and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Video Games
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Razi, Salim – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2008
This study aims primarily to investigate the impact of learning multiple foreign languages on the use of metacognitive reading strategies (MRSs) by foreign language teaching (FLT) department students. A number of factors such as gender, hand preference, class, and programme with reference to their belief orientation were also involved in the…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Strategies