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Zhou, Jing; Day, Richard R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
Extensive reading (ER) has been shown to be an effective approach in helping second language (L2) students learn to read the target language. Of particular interest is how L2 learners in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses that included ER would react to ER since ER involves L2 learners reading easy, interesting books that they select…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Attitudes
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Yang, Ya-Han; Chu, Hsi-Chin; Tseng, Wen-Ta – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
This study investigates the effects of the text difficulty of extensive reading materials on the reading comprehension and reading motivation of English as a foreign language (EFL) vocational high school students in Taiwan. Two experimental groups were assigned, on an individual basis, to read graded readers at either one level below ('i-1') or…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Materials, Reading Motivation
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Mikami, Yuka – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study applied a qualitative approach and investigated the processes of motivational change through goal setting in extensive reading (ER). The one-year ER program integrating goal setting was introduced in a Japanese university. Interviews were conducted with four selected participants from among 23 students. The results revealed different…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Reading Motivation, Self Efficacy, Reading Programs
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Thomas, Nathan – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
The incidental or implicit learning of vocabulary has long been a topic of interest in various disciplines. In studies on foreign language acquisition, reading is often the activity that researchers use to generate their findings. "Reading in a Foreign Language" has maintained its position at the forefront of this research, consistently…
Descriptors: Incidental Learning, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Code Switching (Language)
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Chen, Chen; Liu, Yongcan – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study explored the role of vocabulary breadth and depth in second language learners' performance in IELTS academic reading tests in China. Sixty-two Chinese learners of English as a foreign language completed a vocabulary size test, a vocabulary depth test, and an IELTS reading test. Results showed that vocabulary breadth and depth both…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Correlation, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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Zhou, Jing; Day, Richard R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
The study investigated the effect of marginal glossing and frequency of occurrence on the incidental learning of six aspects of vocabulary knowledge through reading in the second language (L2) Chinese. Participants were 30 intermediate L2 Chinese learners in an American public university. The MACOVA tests indicated that the treatment group who…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Chinese
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Goulart, Larissa – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study investigates the development of lexico-grammatical complexity in two levels of graded readers, beginner and intermediate. Using the linguistic features described in Biber et al. (2011), 58 graded readers were analyzed. Biber et al. (2011) proposed a lexico-grammatical developmental sequence based on empirical research. In this study, 11…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Difficulty Level, Readability, Grammar
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Gui, Min; Shang, Yajie; Chen, Xiaokan – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
In this article, a three-phase mixed-methods study was conducted to investigate timed reading effects on Chinese university students' English as a foreign language (EFL) reading rate. First, two equivalent reading rate tests were designed and validated with 30 participants. Second, 81 university students from two intact classes participated in the…
Descriptors: College Students, Reading Rate, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bensalem, Elias – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
Foreign language (FL) reading is a persistent problem among many learners. This preliminary study investigates FL reading anxiety among students learning English as a foreign language (EFL) at the tertiary level, employing Saito et al.'s (1999) Foreign Language Reading Anxiety Scale (FLRAS) and a background information questionnaire. A total of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Anxiety
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McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
Several researchers have claimed that low-achieving students, especially second language students, need explicit academic vocabulary instruction to "catch up" with their age peers (e.g., Nagy & Townsend, 2012). Two possible paths to vocabulary growth -- free reading and explicit vocabulary instruction -- were compared in terms of…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Novels, Vocabulary Development
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Shen, Helen H.; Zhou, Yi; Gao, Gengsong – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study investigated types of oral reading miscues and their relationship with silent reading comprehension among college-level Chinese as a second language (L2) learners, as well as these students' perspectives toward classroom oral reading practice, at three U.S. universities. Altogether, 80 students were selected randomly to participate in…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Comprehension, Sustained Silent Reading, Undergraduate Students
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Liu, Huan; Brantmeier, Cindy; Strube, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Recent research on the relationship between reading and writing in foreign language (FL) context is limited. However, an examination of the issue is critical for FL literacy curriculum design. The present study, contextualized in an English as a foreign language (EFL) test preparation program in China, explores the reading-writing relationship by…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Writing Relationship
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Varaporn, Savika; Sitthitikul, Pragasit – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study investigated the effects of multimodal tasks on critical reading ability and perceptions of Thai university students. To compare effects on critical reading ability, students were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups and assessed with pre- and post-critical reading tests. Furthermore, reflective journals and…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Independent Study
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Macalister, John; Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
A challenge in reading research, and particularly extensive reading research, is how to manage the transition from the top of graded reading schemes to authentic texts which may be separated from each other by up to 5,000 word families. While texts written for native-speaker children have been recommended at times, recent research has shown that…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Native Language, Language Usage
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Aka, Natsuki – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
The present study investigates the effects of extensive reading on developing the language knowledge and reading abilities of high school learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) over the course of one school year. Participants were divided into control (n = 205) and experimental groups (n = 200), with the former receiving regular grammar…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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