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Nuttall, Lee – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
This report discusses why Japan continues to struggle with and appears on the surface to be reluctant to embrace the English language as a medium to conduct business and indeed tourism as opposed to their South East Asian neighbours. The topics covered were the historical context of Japan's isolationist policy, Japan's educational system, and…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Salimi, Esmaeel Ali; Mirian, Elham Sadat – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
This mix-method research attempts at extending our knowledge about the impact of L1 glossing (Persian) for abstract words on reading comprehension in English. It also examines learners' attitudes towards abstract glossed words while engaged in reading. Sixty students in Iranian language institutes were recruited to participate in the quantitative…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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Shimono, Torrin R. – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
The effects of repeated oral reading and timed reading on L2 oral reading fluency were examined among Japanese university students (N = 50) over 12 weeks. Three quasi-experimental groups were used in the study. Group 1 practiced two types of reading: Repeated oral reading with chunking practice and timed reading. Group 2 did timed reading only.…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Rate, Reading Fluency, Phrase Structure
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Mesgarshahr, Abulfazl; Alavi, Seyyed Mohammad – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
This study presents empirical evidence for the hypothesis that reading purpose may impact upon the cognitive processes that L2 readers use in comprehending a text. 25 advanced learners of English were put into two purpose groups--testing condition (TC) and learning condition (LC). The participants in the TC read two expository passages and…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Second Language Learning
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Mehrpour, Saeed; Mansourzadeh, Nurullah – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2017
Idiomatic expressions are among the most difficult and challenging aspects in the realm of lexicon. The focus of the present study was on investigating the effect of short stories and pictures on learning idiomatic expressions by beginner EFL learners. For this aim, 52 Iranian EFL learners were chosen and assigned to three groups randomly: two…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Tabata-Sandom, Mitsue – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2016
There is a lack of research which examines the effects of online pop-up dictionaries in the context of less commonly taught languages including Japanese as a second and foreign language (JSL and JFL), despite the growing popularity of such tools. This qualitatively-oriented study is an attempt to fill this void. The study investigates differences…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Reading Processes, Qualitative Research
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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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Nakano, Teiko – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2016
This paper reports on the implementation of Japanese extensive reading with international students studying at a Japanese university using graded readers (GRs). GRs chosen for the present study were simplified versions of original Japanese literature and were used to support students in acquiring a top-down reading strategy, a wide range of…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Materials
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Ghahari, Shima; Heidarolad, Meissam – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2015
Provision of multiple-choice (MC) glosses, which combines the advantages of glosses and inferring, has recently gained its share of supporters as a potential technique for enhancing L2 texts and increasing word gain for L2 learners. Upon taking an actual TOEFL, the participants underwent a vocabulary pretest to ensure that the target words were…
Descriptors: Incidental Learning, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Marefat, Hamideh; Shirazi, Masoumeh Ahmadi – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
This study concerns the effect of letter position on the retention of words by EFL learners. Given the fact that everyone has a mental lexicon, we would suggest that words are possibly organized in alphabetical order, then it would be likely for the learners to retain the words easily when exposed to the first letters of given words. The study…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Retention (Psychology)
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Pornour, Mohsen – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
With 73 students at an Iranian university, the present study investigated teacher's effect in topic familiarization in L2 reading context. The participants--Group B with and Group A without the presence of a teacher--experienced four pre-reading treatments and read four passages of unfamiliar topics, after which they were tested on comprehension…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Familiarity, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Güvendir, Emre – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
Anxiety is an important personality factor that has been a major concern for foreign language (FL) researchers. Although the influence of anxiety on FL speaking has received considerable attention in research, only a few studies to date have focused on affect and FL reading. Clearly, there is need to use think aloud protocols and learner…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Interviews, English (Second Language), College Students
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Karami, Hossein; Nodoushan, Mohammad Ali Salmani – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
Little research has been conducted to investigate the effect of analogy on third language (L3, hereafter) reading comprehension though some experts believe that it has facilitating and debilitating effects on L1 and L2 respectively. This article explores the effect of analogies on reading comprehension of expository texts by students of English as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Logical Thinking, Second Language Instruction
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Ostovar Namaghi, Seyyed Ali – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2013
The objectives of this study are twofold: (1) uncovering the local criteria for evaluating language-teaching performance, and (2) unraveling and conceptualizing language teachers' perception of these criteria. To this end, the study used grounded theory to collect and analyze interview data from twelve experienced language teachers who were…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes
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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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