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Macis, Marijana – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
There is little research available on the incidental learning of figurative language from reading (e.g., Webb, Newton, & Chang, 2013). This study looked at collocations with both literal and figurative meanings, that is, duplex collocations (Macis & Schmitt, 2017a) and whether reading could enhance lexical knowledge of the figurative…
Descriptors: Incidental Learning, Phrase Structure, Case Studies, Advanced Students
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Uden, Jez; Schmitt, Diane; Schmitt, Norbert – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This study follows a small group of learners in the UK to the end of a graded reading program using the Cambridge Readers and investigates whether this particular graded reading series provides a bridge to reading unsimplified novels for pleasure. The participants' reading comprehension, reading rates, vocabulary text coverage, and overall affect…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Reading Comprehension, Reading Rate
Meara, Paul M.; Alcoy, Juan Carlos Olmos – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This paper addresses the issue of how we might be able to assess productive vocabulary size in second language learners. It discusses some previous attempts to develop measures of this sort, and argues that a fresh approach is needed in order to overcome some persistent problems that dog research in this area. The paper argues that there might be…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Evaluation Methods, Second Language Learning, Measurement Techniques
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Buick, Anna – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1993
Suggests a way to overcome the difficulty of teaching effective reading skills to students with diverse interests. The approach is based on four specifications: (1) each student studies a text on a topic in his own specialty; (2) reading practice images students' academic contexts; (3) classes are learner centered; and (4) students are evaluated…
Descriptors: College Students, Course Content, English (Second Language), Feedback
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Walker, Carolyn – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1997
Describes a self-access extensive reading project for students studying through the medium of English using graded readers. The project sought feedback from the students who were tested over three university terms. Results indicate that test scores correlate positively with the amount of reading done and that students rated the project favorably.…
Descriptors: College Students, English for Academic Purposes, Feedback, Foreign Countries