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Stephens, Meredith – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Aka (2019) conducted an year-long large-scale study demonstrating that Japanese high school students who undertook extensive reading performed better than a control group who undertook grammatical instruction. Those showing the greatest gains were those of lower and intermediate proficiency. The students' achievement was measured in terms of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, High School Students, Foreign Countries
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McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Stuart McLean refers in this commentary to Jeffrey Huffman's article "Reading Rate Gains during a One-Semester Extensive Reading Course" (v26 n2 p17-33 Oct 2014) [See: EJ1044344], in which Huffman reports that extensive reading (ER) was an effective way to provide large amounts of comprehensible input to foreign language learners, but…
Descriptors: Inferences, Evidence, Reading Strategies, Reading Achievement
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)
McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In his 2016 article, "What Can Readers Read after Graded Readers?" (EJ1098660), Jeff McQuillan provided data to show that there is an adequate amount of reading material that can be read at or above 98% vocabulary coverage to provide sufficient input to acquire most of the word families from the 2,000- to the 9,000-word-family levels.…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Reading Habits
Thorne-Wallington, Elizabeth – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This special issue is dedicated to understanding how to best support positive educational outcomes for all students. While reading strategies, course design and methods, testing and assessment, and a variety of other factors are all integral to L2 reading outcomes, policies constructed at the federal, state, district, and school level play an…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Second Language Learning, Barriers, Educational Opportunities
Racine, John P. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2011
In their paper, Meara and Olmos Alcoy (2010) attempted to find a means of estimating productive second language (L2) vocabulary size based on the premise that many known lexical items simply do not appear in learner-produced texts. To do so, they borrowed an ecological model, in which a capture-recapture formula, the Petersen estimate, is used to…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary, Experiments, Models
Taylor, Alan M. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
The author really enjoyed reading the study by Cheng and Good (2009). The results of their study seem especially interesting from the point of view of reading comprehension. Indeed, their results mirror to some degree Joyce's (1997) study, in which glossing actually had a somewhat negative effect on third semester second language (L2) readers'…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Instructional Materials, Difficulty Level
Jiang, Xiangying; Grabe, William – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
As an instructional tool, graphic organizers (GOs) have been highly recommended and used in contemporary classrooms. Over the past decade, a number of concerns have been raised about claims for the effectiveness of GOs. These concerns involve the inconsistent research results on student improvements, the limitation in generalizability from…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials
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Ridgway, Tony – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2003
Aims to give foreign language reading teachers a way of coping with a common phenomenon in the reading class: students appear to have the linguistic proficiency to deal with a text, but are unable to do so because they are approaching it in an appropriate way. Argues that this problem relates to styles and attitudes in reading and that these may…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills
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Asraf, Ratnawati Mohd; Ahmad, Ismail Sheikh – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2003
Describes an extensive reading program conducted in three rural secondary or middle schools in Malaysia aimed at motivating the students to read extensively in English and helping them overcome their problems in understanding English texts as a means towards increasing their proficiency in the language. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency, Reading Comprehension
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Robb, Tom – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2002
In response to an article that proposes principles for teaching extensive reading, this article suggests that those principles rely heavily on learners being responsible for their own learning, a concept that is put forth in U.S. educational contexts. Discusses why these principles would need to be altered for use in an Asian context. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Professional Development
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Day, Richard – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2002
Proposes ten principles for an extensive reading approach to teaching reading. The principles deal with the nature of extensive reading and the conditions and methodology necessary for its success. Encourages teachers to use the principles as a tool for examining their beliefs about reading in general and extensive reading in particular, as well…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Language Teachers, Professional Development, Reading Instruction
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Prowse, Philip – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2002
Responds to an article that proposes 10 principles for teaching extensive second language reading and proposes its own principles. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Language Teachers, Professional Development, Reading Instruction
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Ward, Jeremy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1999
Makes a case for introducing specialized texts in the English for specific purposes classroom earlier in the reading process. Addresses the question of whether an engineering word list might be a short cut to reading fluency for engineering students, and if so, which words might appropriately be listed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Engineering Education, English for Academic Purposes, Higher Education
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Bartu, Hulya – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2001
Discusses the claim that reading without thinking is not possible. Presents critical discourse analysis, which is considered a pedagogically useful instrument enabling the practice of thinking skills necessary for reading efficiently. Considers the teachability of reading and thinking skills, and describes a critical reading course. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, Discourse Analysis
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