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Kondo-Brown, Kimi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
In upper-level university foreign language (FL) courses, FL and heritage language (HL) students are often merged into the same classroom in a single-track system. This study investigates whether HL background is a critical factor that may prevent instructors from teaching reading effectively in single-track upper-level university courses. This…
Descriptors: College Students, Reading Ability, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction
Loh, Jason Kok Khiang – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
This case study investigates whether teachers model reading in 1 Singapore primary school during an exercise called "uninterrupted sustained silent reading" (USSR) carried out in the classroom. Even though reading is an important determinant of a student's growth in language skills and ability, and modeling the act of reading is…
Descriptors: Sustained Silent Reading, Reading Programs, Interviews, Foreign Countries
Cheng, Ying-Hsueh; Good, Robert L. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
The present study examines the effects of 3 kinds of glosses--first-language (L1) Chinese glosses plus second-language (L2) English example sentences, L1 in-text glosses, and L1 marginal glosses--in comparison with a no-gloss condition in reading an English passage, to explore whether providing glosses can facilitate reading comprehension and…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Sentences, Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development
Lee, Sang-Ki – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
Because human memory is largely reconstructive, people tend to reorganize and reevaluate an event in a way that is coherent to the truth values held in their belief system. This study investigated the role of topic congruence (defined as whether the reading content corresponds with readers' prior beliefs towards a contentious topic) in second…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Death, Multivariate Analysis
Hellekjaer, Glenn Ole – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
In this paper the academic English reading proficiency of 578 Norwegian university students was quantitatively examined. Self-assessment items were used to measure reading proficiency in Norwegian and English and validated using an International English Language Testing System Academic Reading Module. The study found that about 30% of the…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Norwegian, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
Parsons, Christine E.; Lyddy, Fiona – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
For the majority of people in Ireland, Irish is a second language acquired primarily through the schooling system. This study examined the reading strategies children used in response to English and Irish words (presented in isolation), through an analysis of their oral reading errors. Children in their 4th year of schooling attending…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Immersion Programs, Early Reading, Reading Strategies
Zhang, Lawrence Jun; Wu, Aijiao – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
This paper reports findings from a study that assesses metacognitive awareness and reading-strategy use of Chinese senior high school students who are learning English as a foreign language (EFL). A total of 270 students responded to a 28-item survey of reading strategies (SORS). The strategies were classified into 3 categories: global,…
Descriptors: High Schools, Reading Strategies, Problem Solving, English (Second Language)
Erten, Ismail Hakki; Razi, Salim – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
This study investigated whether cultural familiarity influences comprehension of short stories and whether nativizing the story or using reading activities can compensate for the lack of such familiarity. The study was conducted with 44 advanced-level students of English at a state university in Turkey. In a 2 x 2 experimental research design, the…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Familiarity, Foreign Countries, Literary Genres
Fender, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between spelling knowledge and reading skills among a group of 16 intermediate-level Arab learners of English as a second language (ESL) and a corresponding comparison group of 21 intermediate-level ESL learners in an English for academic purposes (EAP) program. A spelling task was used…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Reading Fluency, Listening Comprehension Tests
Wan-a-rom, Udorn – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
This study compared graded-reader wordlists with the General Service List (GSL; West, 1953) and investigated the words in those lists and the words actually used in graded-reader books. The wordlists from the 2 major graded-reader series, the GSL, and the words actually used in the graded readers were examined using the Range program. The…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Word Lists
Gardner, Dee – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Fourteen collections of children's reading materials were used to investigate the claim that collections of authentic texts with a common theme, or written by one author, afford readers with more repeated exposures to new words than unrelated materials. The collections, distinguished by relative thematic tightness, authorship (1 vs. 4 authors),…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Recycling, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development
Kweon, Soo-Ok; Kim, Hae-Ri – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Second language vocabulary can be learned incidentally while the learner is engaged in extensive reading or reading for meaning, inferring the meaning of unknown words (Huckin & Coady, 1999; Hulstijn, 1992; Krashen, 1993; Pigada & Schmitt, 2006). 12 Korean learners of English read authentic literary texts and were tested on their knowledge of…
Descriptors: Nouns, Pretests Posttests, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning
Prichard, Caleb – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
A review of the relevant literature concerning second language dictionary use while reading suggests that selective dictionary use may lead to improved comprehension and efficient vocabulary development. This study aims to examine the dictionary use of Japanese university students to determine just how selective they are when reading nonfiction…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Dictionaries
Alessi, Stephen; Dwyer, Angelique – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Intermediate learners of Spanish read a Spanish newspaper article with vocabulary assistance either before reading, while reading, both, or without any such assistance. Reading performance was significantly better for students receiving vocabulary assistance during reading, but not for those receiving it before reading. Reading time of the…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Second Languages
Brown, Ronan; Waring, Rob; Donkaewbua, Sangrawee – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
This study examined the rate at which English vocabulary was acquired from the 3 input modes of reading, reading-while-listening, and listening to stories. It selected 3 sets of 28 words within 4 frequency bands and administered 2 test types immediately after the reading and listening treatments, 1 week later and 3 months later. The results showed…
Descriptors: College Students, Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning
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