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Chireac, Silvia-Maria; Francis, Norbert; McClure, John – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
The study examines performance on an evaluation instrument for classroom use for the purpose of improving instruction that focuses on awareness of language in reading and writing. Findings are reported on the piloting of the first in a series of literacy assessments with students from a rural elementary school in Ecuador. All students who…
Descriptors: Literacy, Native Language, Second Language Learning, Instructional Improvement
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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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Aminifard, Yasser; Mehrpour, Saeed – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
Despite vociferous calls for judicious use of learners' mother tongue over the past few decades, deciding on the right amount has still remained a challenge for many teachers. This article reports on the results of a survey drawing upon the views of 110 Iranian EFL teachers about eight perceived functions of L1 (Persian) in young English learners'…
Descriptors: Native Language, Language Usage, Bilingualism, Indo European Languages
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Friesen, Deanna C.; Haigh, Corinne A. – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
Increasingly, children enter the school system with a home language that differs from the language of the majority. Consequently, classrooms have students with diverse language backgrounds and teachers must develop reading comprehension instruction that meets the needs of all their students. To successfully plan instruction, it is critical for…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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McQuillan, Jeff; Ediger, Warren – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
There is considerable evidence that incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading accounts for a large portion of the growth in word knowledge for both first (L1) and second (L2) language acquirers. In this paper, we evaluate the Markov Estimate of Semantic Association (MESA) technique for detecting small, incremental gains in vocabulary…
Descriptors: Markov Processes, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning, Native Language
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Tonne, Ingebjørg; Pihl, Joron – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2015
Studies show that morphological and lexical awareness is a particularly important variable for reading comprehension after the primary school years. Research on L1 students' reading and writing competence has revealed correlations between reading and writing with regard to metalinguistic awareness, specifically also with regard to the subtypes:…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Reading Comprehension, Correlation, Norwegian
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Liu, Siping; Wang, Jian – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2015
This study examines the effectiveness of cooperative reading teaching activities and independent reading activities for English language learner (ELL) students at 4th grade level. Based on simple linear regression and correlational analyses of data collected from two large data bases, PIRLS and NAEP, the study found that cooperative reading…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Native Language
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Chiu, Hazel – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2015
Extensive reading has long been considered as a potent means for facilitating language acquisition for second language learners, especially in the contexts of primary and secondary schools where students are elementary or intermediate learners. In one of the universities in Hong Kong where English is used as a medium of instruction, the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, Universities
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Ghabanchi, Zargham; Anbarestani, Mojgan – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2008
Foreign language learning is a challenging task, involving mastering a new sound system, phonological and syntactical forms, vocabulary, and sometimes a new writing system. For the adult second language learner, one of the most frustrating aspects is having an inadequate vocabulary for expressing complex ideas that are so easy to relate in one's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Phonology, Syntax