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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
Pulido, Diana; Hambrick, David Z. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
The present study investigated the relative contributions of experiential and ability factors to second language (L2) passage comprehension and L2 vocabulary retention. Participants included a cross section of 99 adult learners of Spanish as a foreign language enrolled in beginning through advanced level university Spanish courses. Participants…
Descriptors: Retention (Psychology), Structural Equation Models, Sight Vocabulary, Multiple Choice Tests
Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Japanese university students learning English as a foreign language (EFL) encountered 10 target words in 3 sets of 10 short contexts that were rated on the amount of information available to infer the target words' meanings. One group of learners met the target words in contexts rated more highly than the contexts read by the other group. A…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, College Students
Pang, Jixian – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
In reading research, studies on good and poor reader characteristics abound. However, these findings remain largely scattered in applied linguistics and cognitive and educational psychology. This paper attempts to synthesize current theory and research on the topic in the past 20 years along 3 dimensions: language knowledge and processing ability,…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Educational Psychology, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning
Iwahori, Yurika – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Due to the great interest of practitioners on reading fluency in first language (L1) and second language (L2) English classroom settings, fluency has become a hot topic. A number of studies have suggested that an extensive reading (ER) program can lead to improvement of L2 learners' reading rate; however, studies about high school students are…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Fluency
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
Rodrigo, Victoria; Greenberg, Daphne; Burke, Victoria; Hall, Ryan; Berry, Angelee; Brinck, Tanya; Joseph, Holly; Oby, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
This article describes the implementation of an extensive reading (ER) program with 43 first language (L1) and second language (L2) adult literacy students. Among them, 16% were nonnative speakers of English. The main principles considered in the design of the program were (a) purpose of reading, (b) reading tactics, (c) material used, and (d) …
Descriptors: Sustained Silent Reading, Silent Reading, Reading Programs, Teacher Role
Nishino, Takako – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
Research has shown that extensive reading offers a wide range of learning benefits to second language (L2) learners. However, most studies on L2 extensive reading are conducted collectively on groups of learners and do not provide a detailed picture of individual experience. Moreover, there are few studies conducted on the reading experiences of…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, Reading Instruction, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies
Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
This article examines the effects of synonymy (i.e., learning words with and without high-frequency synonyms that were known to the learners) on word knowledge in a study of 84 Japanese students learning English. It employed 10 tests measuring 5 aspects of word knowledge (orthography, paradigmatic association, syntagmatic association, meaning and…
Descriptors: Sentences, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Japanese
Brantmeier, Cindy, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
This article presents an archive of articles and books published in other venues during the past year and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" (RFL). The "Articles" section treats any topic within the scope of RFL and second language reading. Articles are organized by topic and are listed in…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Languages, Annotated Bibliographies, English (Second Language)
Takase, Atsuko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
To investigate factors that motivate Japanese high school students to read English extensively, I assessed 219 female high school students who participated in an extensive reading program for 1 academic year. The results showed that the 2 most influential factors were students' intrinsic motivation for first language (L1) reading and second…
Descriptors: High School Students, Reading Programs, Reading Habits, Reading Motivation
Keshavarz, Mohammad Hossein; Atai, Mahmoud Reza; Ahmadi, Hossein – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
This study investigated the effects of linguistic simplification and content schemata on reading comprehension and recall. The participants, 240 Iranian male students of English as a foreign language (EFL), were divided into 4 homogeneous groups, each consisting of 60 participants (30 with high proficiency and 30 with low proficiency). To elicit…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Schemata (Cognition), Linguistics, Reading Comprehension
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
Seng, Goh Hock; Hashim, Fatimah – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2006
This study is an attempt to provide insights into the extent of first language (L1) use while reading second language (L2) texts in a collaborative situation among tertiary ESL learners. Through the identification of reading strategies utilized by the subjects, the study is also aimed at discovering possible reasons for the use of L1 while…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Brantmeier, Cindy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2006
With 104 advanced second language (L2) readers, this investigation seeks to construct a multicomponent model of interest and L2 reading. Sources of interest (SI) refer to variables that induce feelings of interest in a text. Perceived interest (PI) refers to the feeling of interest itself (Schraw, Bruning, & Svoboda, 1995). A factor analysis…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Prior Learning, Factor Analysis, Reading Comprehension
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