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Nation, Paul – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In this article Paul Nation responds to Thomas Cobb's "Numbers or Numerology? A Response to Nation (2014) and McQuillan (2016)" (EJ1117024). Nation begins by clarifying his own position on vocabulary learning and goes on to highlight points made in Cobb's article with which he is in agreement, while drawing from his 2014 article,…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Word Study Skills, Time Factors (Learning), Learner Engagement
McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In his 2016 article, "What Can Readers Read after Graded Readers?" (EJ1098660), Jeff McQuillan provided data to show that there is an adequate amount of reading material that can be read at or above 98% vocabulary coverage to provide sufficient input to acquire most of the word families from the 2,000- to the 9,000-word-family levels.…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Reading Habits
Brevik, Lisbeth M.; Olsen, Rolf Vegar; Hellekjaer, Glenn Ole – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This article contributes to the field of reading assessment in English as a second language (L2). Few reading studies have been carried out at the upper secondary school level, and the present study provides insight into upper secondary school students' L2 reading proficiency. It examines whether such proficiency can be explained by reading…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Tests, English (Second Language), Reading Fluency
Thorne-Wallington, Elizabeth – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This special issue is dedicated to understanding how to best support positive educational outcomes for all students. While reading strategies, course design and methods, testing and assessment, and a variety of other factors are all integral to L2 reading outcomes, policies constructed at the federal, state, district, and school level play an…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Second Language Learning, Barriers, Educational Opportunities
Zhao, Aiping; Guo, Ying; Biales, Carrie; Olszewski, Arnold – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study examined the predictive role of several learner factors in second language (L2) incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading: L2 proficiency, motivation, anxiety, and mastery of strategies. Participants were 129 English learners in a comprehensive university in China. Participants read two English texts and were given an…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning, Foreign Countries
Paesani, Kate – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study explores relationships among reading literature, creative writing, and language development in a university-level advanced French grammar course through the theoretical lens of the multiliteracies framework. The goal is to investigate reading-writing connections and whether these literacy practices facilitate students' understanding and…
Descriptors: Multiple Literacies, Literacy, Teaching Methods, Reading Writing Relationship
Harris, Shenika, Ed.; Bernales, Carolina, Ed.; Romero-Ghiretti, Gabriela, Ed.; Dolosic, Haley, Ed.; Liu, Huan, Ed.; Van Bishop, Tracy, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This feature offers an archive of articles published in other venues during the past year and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" ("RFL"). It treats any topic within the scope of "RFL" and second language reading. The articles are listed in alphabetical order, each with a complete…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Publications, Archives, Foreign Language Books
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Hamada, Akira – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
Three experiments examined whether the process of lexical inferences differs according to the direction of contextual elaboration using a semantic relatedness judgment task. In Experiment 1, Japanese university students read English sentences where target unknown words were semantically elaborated by prior contextual information (forward lexical…
Descriptors: Inferences, Lexicology, Task Analysis, Educational Experiments
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Horiba, Yukie; Fukaya, Keiko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
This study examined the effect of reading goal, topic-familiarity, and language proficiency on text comprehension and learning. English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students with high and low topic-familiarity read and recalled a text. Some were told in advance to expect a recall task in a particular language--the first language (L1) or second…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Familiarity, Second Language Learning, Goal Orientation
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Ijalba, Elizabeth; Obler, Loraine K. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
The Spanish writing system has consistent grapheme-to-phoneme correspondences (GPC), rendering it more transparent than English. We compared first-language (L1) orthographic transparency on how monolingual English- and Spanish-readers learned a novel writing system with a 1:1 (LT) and a 1:2 (LO) GPC. Our dependent variables were learning time,…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Spanish
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Lee, Jia-Ying – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
This study compares the language learner and test-taking strategies used by Chinese-speaking graduate students when confronted with familiar versus unfamiliar topics in an English multiple-choice format reading comprehension test. Thirty-six participants at a large mid-western university performed three tasks: A content knowledge vocabulary…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Strategies, Statistical Analysis, English (Second Language)
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Sakurai, Nobuko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
This study attempted to examine the influence of a decrease in translation on the number of words read, reading comprehension, and reading rate in an extensive reading (ER) program. The participants were 70 first-year university students who experienced ER both in and outside the classroom for 15 weeks. The results of regression analyses confirmed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Translation, Reading Rate
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Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
In this article, John Macalister draws attention to the fact that the term "extensive reading" can have multiple meanings. It has been used to include breadth of reading and time spent reading, as well as both amount of new reading and amount of text read. It is, therefore, perhaps unsurprising that teachers can hold differing views as…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Mori, Setsuko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
There is no shortage of studies that have reported the beneficial effects of extensive reading (ER) on various aspects of second/foreign language acquisition, including reading comprehension, reading speed, and vocabulary development. Anecdote after anecdote shows the effectiveness of ER, and no one seems to repudiate the power of reading in large…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Motivation
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Nation, Paul – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
Extensive reading is one of a range of activities that can be used in a language learning course. Ideally, the choice of activities to go into a course should be guided by principles which are well supported by research. Similarly, the way each of those activities is used should be guided by well-justified principles. In this article, we look at…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Reading Habits, Reading Instruction
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