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Zhang, Jie; Li, Hong; Liu, Yang; Chen, Yu – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Two experiments investigated whether exposure to Chinese characters and pinyin would facilitate oral vocabulary learning for Chinese as a first (L1) and second (L2) language learners. In Experiment 1, 48 second Chinese graders studied 15 made-up associations between spoken labels and pictures accompanied either by no orthography, by pinyin, or…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Chinese
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Tortorelli, Laura S. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Text complexity in elementary classrooms is typically measured by traditional readability tools, which rely on surface-level measures of word and sentence complexity. Theoretical and empirical work on text complexity, however, indicates that additional measures of semantics, syntax, and discourse structure may be equally important for…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Elementary School Students, Readability, Semantics
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Fang, Zhihui; Park, Jungyoung – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Academic language is a kind of social language for the purpose of schooling. It is central to disciplinary learning, thinking, and communication. This study examined adolescents' use of academic language in informational writing, a genre highly valued in school, workplace, and society. Ninety-three seventh and ninth grade students from a U.S.…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Academic Language, Literacy Education, Secondary School Students
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Fears, Nicholas E.; Walsh, Leah E.; Lockman, Jeffrey J. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Children's ability to write letters automatically has been linked to academic achievement. Despite the importance of handwriting, handwriting instruction is often neglected and teachers use inconsistent practices to teach handwriting. Specifically, the frequency that children are presented opportunities to write individual block letters in…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Handwriting, Workbooks, Teaching Methods
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Krijnen, Eke; van Steensel, Roel; Meeuwisse, Marieke; Jongerling, Joran; Severiens, Sabine – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Based on the Home Literacy Model, this study explored a refined model of home literacy activities and their relations with children's emergent literacy skills in a linguistic and socio-economic diverse sample of 214 Dutch kindergartners (mean age 4 years and 7 months, 46% girls and 29% monolingual speakers of Dutch). The study examined a typology…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Young Children, Learning Activities
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Bahr, Ruth Huntley; Lebby, Stephanie; Wilkinson, Louise C. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Students in grades 5-9 (N = 29) with specific learning disabilities (SLDs) (dysgraphia, dyslexia, or oral and written language learning disability, OWL LD) were asked to take notes and handwrite or type summaries of social studies texts about world geography and cultures that they read or heard. This activity required activating knowledge of…
Descriptors: Spelling, Error Patterns, Error Analysis (Language), Writing (Composition)
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Truckenmiller, Adrea J.; Petscher, Yaacov – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Academic language has been identified as an important focus for instructing students about the quality of written composition they need to be successful in college and career. However, the role of academic language in written composition achievement is not well understood. This study explores the role of academic language skills in students'…
Descriptors: Academic Language, Writing (Composition), Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Phillips Galloway, Emily; Qin, Wenjuan; Uccelli, Paola; Barr, Christopher D. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Learning to use language in order to complete source-based writing tasks is a challenge for middle grade writers worthy of additional study, especially given that these tasks are increasingly common in classrooms. Here, we examined the contribution of receptive and productive cross-disciplinary academic language skills to the writing quality of…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Academic Language, Language Skills, Content Area Writing
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Stuart, Nichola J.; Connelly, Vincent; Dockrell, Julie E. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
Verb use and the production of verb argument structure in the written texts of children in elementary school is a key stepping stone towards academic writing success that has remained relatively unexplored and is a notable gap in our understanding of writing development. To evaluate the role of verbs in the written narrative texts of children, we…
Descriptors: Verbs, Academic Language, Written Language, Elementary School Students
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Yeung, Pui-sze; Ho, Connie Suk-han; Chan, David Wai-ock; Chung, Kevin Kien-hoa – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
This study examined the relationships between writing motivation and written composition performance in Chinese among 388 Chinese children in Grades 3 to 5 in accordance with the framework of self-determination theory. Multiple regression analysis results showed that writing motivation measures (external regulation, introjected regulation,…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Writing (Composition), Writing Achievement, Grade 3
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Yang, Chengsong; Zhang, Lawrence Jun; Parr, Judy M. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
The reactivity of think-alouds (TAs) (i.e., their effects on thinking) has remained an inevitable concern whenever their use is considered or evaluated. This paper reports findings from a study that involved 85 Chinese sophomores, who, having received some instruction in diction, and then written a narrative in English as a baseline task,…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Writing Research, English (Second Language), Writing (Composition)
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Vandermeulen, Nina; van den Broek, Brenda; Van Steendam, Elke; Rijlaarsdam, Gert – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
In order to design effective instruction and feedback for synthesis writing on both writing processes and products, a clear insight into synthesis writing processes underlying a high-quality synthesis text is crucial. That is why this study, as one of the first, examines the use of sources during synthesis writing processes, and its effect on text…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Persuasive Discourse, Synthesis, Writing Processes
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Koh, Poh Wee; Ku, Yu-Min; Chen, Xi – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
How the construct of vocabulary is defined remains unclear although multiple theories have been put forth. In light of the lack of empirical work investigating the dimensionality of vocabulary knowledge in Chinese, the present study investigated the factor structure of Chinese print vocabulary in a sample of 111 Taiwanese children in Grades 1 and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Primary Education, Grade 1
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Krenca, Klaudia; Segers, Eliane; Chen, Xi; Shakory, Sharry; Steele, Jeffrey; Verhoeven, Ludo – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
The 1-year longitudinal study presented here examined the extent to which the ability to build phonologically specific lexical entries as a result of increasing vocabulary size predicts word reading via its impact on phonological awareness within and across languages in 62 emerging English (L1) and French (L2) Grade 1 children (M = 75.69 months,…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Grade 1, Phonological Awareness, Reading Ability
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Fung, Wing-kai; Chung, Kevin Kien Hoa – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2020
The number of Chinese children living in poverty has risen steadily in Hong Kong, China. However, little is known on the longitudinal effects of family socioeconomic status (SES) on cognitive-linguistic skills, word reading and writing in children from low-SES backgrounds. This study examines differences in cognitive-linguistic skills and word…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Chinese, Reading, Writing (Composition)
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