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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
Cobb, Thomas – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Thomas Cobb's 2007 applied linguistics paper, "Computing the Vocabulary Demands of L2 Reading" dealt with whether reading alone can build an adequate reading lexicon in a second language, or whether some sort of extra vocabulary training will normally be required. In the article, Cobb proposed that in the case of adult academic ESL…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
Brantmeier, Cindy, Ed.; Van Bishop, Tracy, Ed.; Yu, Xiucheng, Ed.; Anderson, Britta, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This feature offers an archive of articles and books published in other venues during the past year and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" ("RFL") treating topics within the scope of "RFL" and second language reading. The articles are listed in alphabetical order by author, each with a complete reference as…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Lists, Content Area Reading, Second Languages
Brantmeier, Cindy; Callender, Aimee; Yu, Xiucheng; McDaniel, Mark – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
The present study utilizes texts from social psychology to examine the effects of textual enhancements on reading comprehension with 185 native adult Chinese speakers learning English in China. Participants read two different vignettes, either with or without an adjunct. Each adjunct consisted of a "what" question along with instructions…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Vignettes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
Chang, Anna C. -S. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This study investigates the effect of timed reading (TR) and repeated oral reading (RR) on 35 adult students of English as a foreign language. Students in the TR (n =18) and RR (n =17) groups read 52 and 26 passages respectively over a 13-week period. Reading rates and comprehension levels were measured at three occasions: pre-intervention,…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Intervention, Oral Reading, Adult Students
Poulshock, Joseph – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
For this research, learners did extensive graded reading (EGR) with traditional graded readers, and they also interacted with short graded stories in the liberal arts and sciences (LAS). This study describes the purpose and format of the LAS stories used by hundreds of university students and adult learners in Japan. It summarizes the results of…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students
Horst, Marlise – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Opportunities for incidental vocabulary acquisition were explored in a 121,000-word corpus of teacher talk addressed to advanced adult learners of English as a second language (ESL) in a communicatively-oriented conversation class. In contrast to previous studies that relied on short excerpts, the corpus contained all of the teacher speech the…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning
Rodrigo, Victoria; Greenberg, Daphne; Burke, Victoria; Hall, Ryan; Berry, Angelee; Brinck, Tanya; Joseph, Holly; Oby, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
This article describes the implementation of an extensive reading (ER) program with 43 first language (L1) and second language (L2) adult literacy students. Among them, 16% were nonnative speakers of English. The main principles considered in the design of the program were (a) purpose of reading, (b) reading tactics, (c) material used, and (d) …
Descriptors: Sustained Silent Reading, Silent Reading, Reading Programs, Teacher Role
Brantmeier, Cindy, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
This article presents an archive of articles and books published in other venues during the past year and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" (RFL). The "Articles" section treats any topic within the scope of RFL and second language reading. Articles are organized by topic and are listed in…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Languages, Annotated Bibliographies, English (Second Language)
Keshavarz, Mohammad Hossein; Atai, Mahmoud Reza; Ahmadi, Hossein – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
This study investigated the effects of linguistic simplification and content schemata on reading comprehension and recall. The participants, 240 Iranian male students of English as a foreign language (EFL), were divided into 4 homogeneous groups, each consisting of 60 participants (30 with high proficiency and 30 with low proficiency). To elicit…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Schemata (Cognition), Linguistics, Reading Comprehension