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Jia, Fanli; Gottardo, Alexandra; Koh, Poh Wee; Chen, Xi; Pasquarella, Adrian – Reading Research Quarterly, 2014
The main purpose of this study was to bridge the gap between the literature on cognitive variables related to English literacy learning skills, as suggested by the simple view of reading, and the literature on sociocultural variables, specifically acculturation. The sample consisted of 94 Chinese immigrant adolescents from grades 7-12 in Waterloo…
Descriptors: Acculturation, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Zipke, Marcy; Ehri, Linnea C.; Cairns, Helen Smith – Reading Research Quarterly, 2009
An experiment examined whether metalinguistic awareness involving the detection of semantic ambiguity can be taught, and whether this instruction improves students' reading comprehension. Lower SES third graders from a variety of cultural backgrounds (M = 8 yr. 7 mo., N = 46) were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. Those receiving…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Metalinguistics, Semantics
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Mccutchen, Deborah; Logan, Becky; Biangardi-Orpe, Ulrike – Reading Research Quarterly, 2009
In the present study, 81 fifth grade and 82 eighth grade children completed a continuous lexical decision priming task that examined their reading times for evidence of sensitivity to the morphological structure of words during reading. A lexical decision task measured students' response times to target words preceded by a prime (which children…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Semantics, Word Recognition, Grade 8