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Mikami, Yuka – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study applied a qualitative approach and investigated the processes of motivational change through goal setting in extensive reading (ER). The one-year ER program integrating goal setting was introduced in a Japanese university. Interviews were conducted with four selected participants from among 23 students. The results revealed different…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Reading Motivation, Self Efficacy, Reading Programs
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Chen, Chen; Liu, Yongcan – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2020
This study explored the role of vocabulary breadth and depth in second language learners' performance in IELTS academic reading tests in China. Sixty-two Chinese learners of English as a foreign language completed a vocabulary size test, a vocabulary depth test, and an IELTS reading test. Results showed that vocabulary breadth and depth both…
Descriptors: Reading Tests, Correlation, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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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
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Varaporn, Savika; Sitthitikul, Pragasit – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study investigated the effects of multimodal tasks on critical reading ability and perceptions of Thai university students. To compare effects on critical reading ability, students were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups and assessed with pre- and post-critical reading tests. Furthermore, reflective journals and…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Independent Study
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Macalister, John; Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
A challenge in reading research, and particularly extensive reading research, is how to manage the transition from the top of graded reading schemes to authentic texts which may be separated from each other by up to 5,000 word families. While texts written for native-speaker children have been recommended at times, recent research has shown that…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Native Language, Language Usage
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Aka, Natsuki – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
The present study investigates the effects of extensive reading on developing the language knowledge and reading abilities of high school learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) over the course of one school year. Participants were divided into control (n = 205) and experimental groups (n = 200), with the former receiving regular grammar…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Ghaith, Ghazi; El-Sanyoura, Hind – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study investigated the reported use of metacognitive reading strategies and their interplay with the reading comprehension of 119 tenth grade learners of English as a foreign language (EFL) enrolled in five randomly-selected public schools in South Lebanon. In addition, the study examined the relative role of the global, problem-solving, and…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Metacognition, Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension
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Boutorwick, T. J.; Macalister, John; Elgort, Irina – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
One avenue for developing second language (L2) vocabulary knowledge is through Extensive Reading (ER). ER can provide opportunities for incidental learning to occur. Class time is often too restricted for sufficient attention to deliberate learning (Hunt & Beglar, 2005) meaning ER is important for L2 vocabulary development. This article builds…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Huang, Ting – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study adopted the between-subjects and within-subjects group designs to examine the impact of visual aids on 26 intermediate Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) learners' reading comprehension in an American college. Students were assigned into two groups to complete multiple-choice and translation tasks to test effects of visual aids. The…
Descriptors: Chinese, Reading Comprehension, Visual Aids, Student Characteristics
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Kramer, Brandon; McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Reading rate, usually measured in words per minute, is a common operationalization of reading fluency in second language (L2) research and pedagogy. However, the impact of word length is often not addressed. This paper presents two studies showing how the number of characters in a text influences L2 reading time, independent of word counts, within…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Comparative Analysis
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McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Macalister and Webb (2019) claim that "children's literature" written for native English speakers is too difficult for intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) students, those who have acquired the first 3,000 to 4,000 most commonly used words in English. The authors analyzed a corpus of short stories written for a classroom…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, English, Native Speakers, English Language Learners
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Webb, Stuart; Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
The authors respond to the comment by Jeff McQuillan. It is important to question research findings and so they appreciate this opportunity to further discuss their two studies on the appropriacy of children's literature for foreign and second language learning (Macalister & Webb, 2019; Webb & Macalister, 2013). They also agree with…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Childrens Literature, Native Speakers, English
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Lee, Jia-Ying – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study, an 18-week comparative experiment, examined the effects of instruction in test-taking strategy in English as a foreign language reading class. It involved an experimental group (68 students) taught test-taking strategies and a control group (66 students) that did not receive the instruction. Various means were used to investigate the…
Descriptors: Test Wiseness, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Reading Instruction
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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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Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Jeff McQuillan offers case studies of intermediate level language learners who read young adult and adult fiction successfully as an argument against explicit vocabulary instruction. Case studies provide useful insights into whatever is being investigated but may not always be generalizable. However, McQuillan's reference to case studies has made…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Novels, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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