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Yang, Shuyi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
The present study investigated the applicability of word reading, word segmentation, and text reading as diagnostic tools to assess comprehension, detect struggling readers, and inform instruction for low-level Chinese as second language (L2) learners (n = 70). The results showed that the three instruments measured different dimensions of word…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Reading Tests, Diagnostic Tests, Mandarin Chinese
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Fichtner, Friederike; Barcroft, Joe – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
Second language (L2) learners comprehend more when they are prepared for novel vocabulary that they encounter in a text. Input-based incremental (IBI) vocabulary instruction (Barcroft, 2012) provides L2 instructors and learners with a means of achieving this goal by (a) presenting optimal input to learners at the right time during a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Self Concept, German
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Liao, Ray J. T. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
This study was to compare the processes that second language learners implemented when completing reading tasks in a multiple-choice question format (MCQ) with those in a short-answer question format (SAQ). Sixteen nonnative English-speaking students from a large Midwestern college in the United States were invited to complete MCQ and SAQ English…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Test Format, Comparative Analysis, Reading Tests
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McLean, Stuart; Stoeckel, Tim – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
In response to McLean (2021), Laufer (2021) makes three claims which are either not supported by research or are based on studies with important limitations. First is that a vocabulary size, instead of a level, can be used to match learners with lexically appropriate materials despite test creators and research not supporting this. Second is that…
Descriptors: Mastery Learning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
Studies of lexical coverage are valuable because they reveal the importance of vocabulary knowledge to comprehension. Lexical profiling research is also extremely useful because it indicates the vocabulary knowledge necessary to understand different text types such as novels, newspapers, academic lectures, television programs, and movies.…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Milliner, Brett – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
This quasi-experimental study traces a 12-week reading fluency training program for elementary-level English as a foreign language (EFL) learners at a Japanese university (N = 56). More specifically, this study examined whether a teaching intervention combining (a) extensive reading and practicing, (b) timed reading, and (c) repeated oral reading…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Oral Reading, Intervention, Sustained Silent Reading
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Bazan, Bartolo – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
In this study, I sought to investigate whether visuospatial working memory (VWM) explains individual differences in reading fluency growth. One hundred and thirty Japanese junior and senior high school students were administered the Mr. Peanut and reversed Corsi tasks, respectively as measures of VWM, followed by three waves of reading fluency…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Short Term Memory, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate
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Laufer, Batia – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
In the late 1980s Batia Laufer worked with teachers who believed that to understand a text it was enough to understand 80% of the text's word tokens. In response, Laufer set out to calculate the minimal text coverage, i.e., percentage of running words in a text the reader should understand to comprehend it reasonably well. In 1992, she explored…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Inferences
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Taylor, Charlie – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
In this article, Charlie Taylor offers a commentary on Yang et al.'s 2021 "Reading in a Foreign Language" article, "Text Difficulty in Extensive Reading: Reading Comprehension and Reading Motivation." In their study, Yang et al. analyzed the effects of text difficulty on the reading comprehension and motivation of high school…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Comprehension
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Bui, Tuan Ngoc; Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
One of the challenges for the successful implementation of extensive reading (ER) programmes, especially in Asian contexts, stems from curricular factors where class time is often prioritised for tasks requiring the presence of a teacher. This paper investigates the role of extensive reading online (ERO), an alternative approach to traditional ER,…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Program Implementation, Time Management, Reading Processes
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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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Phonekeo, Say; Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
A culture of thinking (CoT) is defined as "a place where a group's collective as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as the regular, day-today experience of all group members" (Ritchhart et al., 2011, p. 219). This study aimed to determine the effects of a CoT implementation on Lao English as a foreign…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Reading Comprehension, Preservice Teachers, Language Teachers
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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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McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
When learners can comprehend 98% or more of the tokens within a text, the lexical difficulty of the text is unlikely to inhibit reading comprehension (Schmitt et al., 2011). This phenomenon will be referred to as the Coverage Comprehension Model (CCM). The CCM is present in countless articles that describe the percentage of tokens necessary to…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Difficulty Level, Reading Skills, Vocabulary
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Lynn, Ethan M. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2021
Two groups of English as a second language students engaged in a fourteen-week repeated reading (RR) treatment: (1) a 3x group (n = 16), which engaged in three readings per session, and (2) a 5x group (n = 15), which engaged in five readings per session. Reading rate and background knowledge were measured at five points to assess the effect of…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Individual Differences, Comparative Analysis, Second Language Learning
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