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Pitts, Michael; And Others – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1989
Adult second language acquirers were asked to read the first two chapters of "A Clockwork Orange," a novel containing a number of slang words of Russian origin. Subsequent testing revealed modest but significant incidental acquisition of nadsat words. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, English (Second Language), Measures (Individuals), Reading
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Cooper, Janelle; Fairbairn, Ingrid – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1989
The Communicative Use of English as a Foreign Language (CUEFL) examination applies to language testing the principles of the communicative approach to language teaching. The issues and problems of composing the reading part of the CUEFL are discussed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Language Tests, Reading Skills
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Wodinsky, Marilyn; Nation, Paul – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1988
A word frequency study of two graded readers and an unsimplified text indicated that graded readers facilitated better foreign-language reading and vocabulary learning than did unsimplified texts. It was found that students needed to read several same-level texts to master vocabulary, and that vocabulary mastery was not necessary for successful…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Readability Formulas, Reading Achievement, Reading Materials
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Bearne, Colin – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1988
Examines the foreign language learning needs of undergraduate and postgraduate learners of Russian, focusing on their need to develop reading skills and on the effectiveness of traditional instructional materials designed to foster the development of foreign language reading skills. Alternative strategies for integrating reading into the total…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary Approach, Reading Instruction
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Peretz, Arna S. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1988
Describes a student-centered reading comprehension course for advanced English-as-a-Foreign-Language students of science and technology. In the course, student interest in and knowledge of content-area subjects are used to create: (1) motivation to read; and (2) an authentic task to accomplish (the preparation and presentation of an oral report).…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Classroom Techniques, Content Area Reading, English for Science and Technology
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Steffensen, Margaret S. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1988
Describes how the use of the dialogue journal, a long-term written conversation between student and teacher, can improve cultural understanding on the part of English-as-a-Second-Language students who are reading English texts that require knowledge of American cultural norms. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Reading Comprehension
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Simensen, Aud Marit – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1987
Presents arguments in favor of using graded readers in the teaching of English as a second language through a review of research regarding text adaptation policies and comparisons of the main principles of text adaptation. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), High Interest Low Vocabulary Books, Media Adaptation, Publishing Industry
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Urquhart, Alexander H. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1987
Argues that second-language reading comprehension and its assessment can be usefully divided into two aspects: (1) comprehensions (different levels of comprehension the reader adopts to suit different purposes of reading); and (2) interpretations (different readings of the same text resulting from different background knowledge or preoccupations…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Reading Attitudes, Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies
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Deyes, Tony – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1987
Describes ongoing research aimed toward finding a minimum discourse grammar to help Brazilian students learning English for special purposes to cope with the sort of texts they have to read in their own disciplines. The research has involved review of scientific philosophy, a reading miscue study, and a comparison of English and Portuguese…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Discourse Analysis, English for Science and Technology, Foreign Countries
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Taguchi, Etsuo – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1997
Investigates the effects of repeated readings of a passage in a foreign language (English) on the ability of slow beginning readers at a Japanese university to increase their oral and silent reading rates. Results indicate that, for practice passages, silent reading rates increased significantly. This transfer of practice effects to a new passage…
Descriptors: College Students, Control Groups, English (Second Language), Females
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Williams, Eddie – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1993
Reports on an investigation into the reading proficiency of primary school children in two African countries and tests two hypotheses regarding the relative reading ability of the children in these countries. Test results reveal statistically significant differences in favor of Malawi for reading proficiency in the first language and no…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Hypothesis Testing, Language Acquisition
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Amer, Aly Anwar; Khouzam, Naguib – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1993
Investigates differences between English-as-a-Foreign-Language students at two levels of reading comprehension performance with respect to the global and analytic reading styles. No significant differences were found with regard to meaning memorization. There were slightly significant differences in favor of the global style with reference to…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Tests
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