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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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Tulgar, Aysegül Takkaç – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
Though there are many studies on reading and writing skills focusing on different dimensions, the relationship between the learning context and the development of reading and writing is an area needing further attention. This comparative case study was purposed to investigate the attitudes of two groups of language learners towards reading and…
Descriptors: Reading Attitudes, Writing Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews, Content Analysis
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Lypka, Andrea Eniko – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
Limited studies have considered meshing participatory visual methods, new technologies, and experiential learning to prepare preservice teachers to respond to the needs of adult second language learners with interrupted education. Thus, this small-scale exploratory action research investigates how implementing collaborative digital visual…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Social Capital, Cultural Capital, Films
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Aker, Margaret; Herrera, Luis Javier Pentón; Daniel, Lynn – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2018
Research has identified the essential proficiencies students should possess to be successful, but they are often not incorporated in the ESOL classroom. As a result, many teachers lack access to adequate instructional strategies to guide ELs to academic success. We argue in this article that, to provide a strong foundation and a bright future for…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Problem Based Learning, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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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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Esposito, John – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2017
The primary impediment to literacy in Japanese is kanji proficiency. The ostensible reason kanji present such a formidable challenge, especially for the second language learner, is the combined effect of their quantity and complexity. Research into the cognitive processing of logographic characters, however, indicates that the main obstacle to…
Descriptors: Mnemonics, Written Language, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Second Language Learning
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Unger, John A.; Liu, Rong; Scullion, Vicki A. – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2015
This theory-into-practice paper integrates Tomasello's concept of Joint Attentional Frames and well-known ideas related to the work of Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, with more recent ideas from social semiotics. Classroom procedures for incorporating student-created Joint Attentional Frames into literacy lessons are explained by links to…
Descriptors: Attention, Evidence, Reading Processes, Writing Processes
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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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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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Horning, Alice S. – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
Teachers of reading and writing have been getting a lot of criticism recently, mostly derived from studies showing that students and the population at large lack essential literacy skills to be successful. The move to multimodal literacy only complicates the problems already present. While some new skills are needed in order to engage in…
Descriptors: Psycholinguistics, Language Processing, Literacy, Literacy Education
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Charubusp, Sasima; Chinwonno, Apasara – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2014
This study investigated the effects of Academic Literacy-Based Intervention (ALI) on 30 undergraduate Thai university students' English reading proficiency. Based on the English reading proficiency test, these students were sub-classified into 2 groups, 15 in the high English reading proficiency group and 15 in the low English reading proficiency…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Content Area Writing, Intervention, Undergraduate Students
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Li, Jie; Chun, Cecilia Ka-wai – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2012
This study assesses the effects of the use of learning strategies on student literacy performance based on the 2002 Hong Kong Program for International Student Assessment. The descriptive statistics show that students use the memorization strategy almost as frequently as the elaboration strategy. Independent sample t-tests reveal that female…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries, Direct Instruction
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Jiang, Xiangying – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2011
This study examined the interrelationships of first language (L1) literacy, second language (L2) proficiency, and L2 reading comprehension with 246 Chinese college students learning English. L1 literacy and L2 proficiency were measured with college admission exams in Chinese and English. L2 reading comprehension was measured with the reading…
Descriptors: Role, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, College Admission
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Gerena, Linda – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2010
The purpose of this study was to assess students' attitudes toward several aspects of biliteracy within the context of a dual immersion program. Attitudes toward perceived competencies in reading in two languages, along with the social and personal values of literacy in each language (English and Spanish), and the personal and social value of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Immersion Programs, Social Values, Literacy
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Rubin, Jim – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2008
Advances in technology have caused a major shift in how students spend their time and challenged curriculum development to maintain interest and focus in the classroom. Implications are most profound in issues related to literacy due to a lack of experience and interest in reading. This article explores this issue and how it relates to teaching…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Reading Difficulties, Literacy
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