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Causarano, Antonio – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2017
Literacy plays such an important role in our lives that being able to know who we are as literate individuals is paramount to live and thrive in a complex literate society in the 21st century. Understanding the relationship between an individual's background (cultural, linguistic, social, political, familial, educational, communal and economic)…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Literacy, Foreign Students, Professional Development
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Kim, Koomi J.; Ng, Patrick; Fahrenbruck, Mary L. – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2015
This study investigates how university students in the US and Hong Kong perceive themselves as literate and biliterate beings. All the participants in Hong Kong are biliterate in at least two languages (including Cantonese, Mandarin, and English), whereas only 40% of the U.S. participants are biliterate in at least two languages (including…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Self Concept, Literacy
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Uysal, Hacer Hande – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2012
Studies indicate that cultural properties of texts affect reading at the content and textual levels. However, research has not adequately addressed the effects of the cross-cultural pragmatics of discourse on readers. Therefore, this study explored whether or not cultural factors play a role in reading comprehension by comparing Turkish and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Reading Comprehension, Cultural Influences
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DePew, Kevin Eric – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2011
This article focuses on the writing strategies second-language students use to compose on social media sites. These alternative and unconventional sites for learning provide language learners opportunities to acquire language by using multiple modalities to respond to various rhetorical situations. In comparison to these sites, academic writing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Writing Strategies, Computer Mediated Communication, Social Networks
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Ro, Jennifer Moon – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2010
Gee's (2000-2001) analytical framework was used to describe the constructed identities of two young Korean ELLs (English language learners) within the school context and were considered to gain insight into their academic success. The author argues that the "model minority" stereotype was influential in shaping the imposed identities…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Second Language Learning, Peer Groups, English (Second Language)
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Gupta, Abha – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2010
The purpose of this descriptive study was to investigate elementary school teachers' self-perceived beliefs regarding African-American English (AAE), and their professional preparedness to address linguistic needs of AA students in the classrooms. The findings revealed three central issues: (1) teachers had limited understanding of the linguistic…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Educational Needs, Teacher Education Programs, Culturally Relevant Education
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Horning, Alice – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2010
Recent research on reading comes from a variety of different kinds of studies all of which report the same bleak picture of college students' and adults' reading abilities. Researchers, theorists and faculty members can benefit from this detailed review of the various types of studies. These include large scale direct tests of reading ability in…
Descriptors: College Students, Reading Research, Reading Ability, Faculty
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Furtado, Leena; Johnson, Lisa – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2010
This action-research case study endeavors to enhance the summarization skills of first grade students who are reading at or above the third grade level during the first trimester of the academic school year. Students read "twin text" sources, meaning, fiction and nonfiction literary selections focusing on a common theme to help identify…
Descriptors: Sentences, Siblings, Student Improvement, Grade 3