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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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Taguchi, Etsuo; Gorsuch, Greta; Lems, Kristin; Rosszell, Rory – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Reading fluency research and practice have recently undergone some changes. While past studies and interventions focused on reading speed as their main goal, now more emphasis is being placed on exploring the role prosody plays in reading, and how listening to an audio model of a text while reading may act as a form of scaffolding, or aid, to…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Reading Instruction
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Quiñones-Guerra, Víctor R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Nobuko Sakurai (2015) presents insightful research results that help educators better understand the impact of translation as it limits reading quantity, reading comprehension, and reading rate in an extensive reading (ER) program. Overall, the results of the study encourage educators to restrict translation as a means of obtaining better results…
Descriptors: Translation, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Reading Comprehension
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Waring, Rob; McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
The Extensive Reading Foundation's bibliography now boasts over 530 articles with "Extensive Reading" in the title. About 35% of this rich and diverse body of papers were published in the past decade. A meta-review of this literature shows it is quite fragmented as evidenced by considerable variability in the conceptualization of…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Research, Guidelines, Teaching Methods
Yoshida, Mami – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This study was an investigation of how particular processing tasks influence L2 reading in relation to text type effects and L2 reading proficiency. Two groups of Japanese university EFL students (N = 103), varying in English reading proficiency, read a narrative passage and an expository passage in one of three task conditions: outlining,…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Content Analysis, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
Laufer, Batia; Ravenhorst-Kalovski, Geke C. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
We explore the relationship between second language (L2) learners' vocabulary size, lexical text coverage that their vocabulary provides and their reading comprehension. We also conceptualize "adequate reading comprehension" and look for the lexical threshold for such reading in terms of coverage and vocabulary size. Vocabulary size was…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Nouns, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Fluent reading is essential for successful comprehension. One dimension of reading fluency is reading rate, or reading speed. Because of the importance of reading fluency, fluency development activities should be incorporated into classroom practice. One activity that meets the fluency development conditions proposed by Nation (2007) is speed…
Descriptors: Speed Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate, Reading Instruction
Marianne – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
Ten high-school students of English as a second language (ESL) intensively studied the modified version of "The Cay" (retold by Strange, 1997). During their study the teacher asked questions designed to elicit students' comprehension and understanding of racism and prejudice as the main themes of "The Cay". Analysis of classroom discourse data…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, High School Students
Hitosugi, Claire Ikumi; Day, Richard R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2004
This article discusses how we incorporated an extensive reading (ER) program into a second semester Japanese course at the University of Hawai'i using Japanese children's literature. After summarizing the ten principles of ER, we describe how we addressed six critical issues faced while introducing ER into the course. We also discuss the outcomes…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Childrens Literature, Academic Achievement, Japanese
Brantmeier, Cindy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2004
Through a discussion of research that examines a plethora of variables involved in second language (L2) reading comprehension, the present study attempts to examine and analyze the statistical procedures utilized in studies of this nature. A review of recent research from the past five and a half years from four leading scientific journals of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Research, Models, Reading Comprehension
Heinz, Peter J. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2004
Second language (L2) reading comprehension assessment has long relied upon classical quantitative, product-oriented measurement techniques (i.e., multiple-choice and cloze) in both research and classroom assessment. As Bernhardt (1991) clearly demonstrated, these traditionally employed assessment methods are unable to capture the complex processes…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Scoring, Measurement Techniques, Constructivism (Learning)
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Al Mutawa, Najat A.; Islam, Nadra – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1994
Describes the assessment of the revised objectives of an English reading course offered at Kuwait University to foster reading comprehension for academic purposes. Analysis of data obtained from pre- and posttests showed improvement in reading skills although there were differences between students who were Arts and Science majors. (19 references)…
Descriptors: College Students, Course Objectives, English for Academic Purposes, Foreign Countries