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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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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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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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Tilfarlioglu, Filiz Yalcin; Basaran, Suleyman – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2007
Task-based learning is a popular topic in ELT/EFL circles nowadays. It is accepted by its proponents as a flourishing method that may replace Communicative Language Learning. However, it can also be seen as an adventure just because there are almost no experimental studies to tackle questions concerning applicability of Task-based Learning. In…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Task Analysis, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)