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Ro, Eunseok; Chen, Cheng-Ling Alice – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
The present study replicated the methods and data analysis of Crawford Camiciottoli's (2001) study on second language (L2) reading behavior of academic English-as-a-foreign-language students. Using the original study's questionnaire, we investigated 60 advanced non-academic English-as-a-second-language learners' L2 reading frequency and attitude.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Recreational Reading, Reading Attitudes, Reading Habits
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Brantmeier, Cindy; Strube, Michael; Yu, Xiucheng – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
Written recall may be a powerful tool used to address reading deficiencies in China. With 180 students enrolled in a third-year English class at a large university in northeastern China, the present investigation studies the relationship between pausal and idea units used to codify written recalls, and it investigates whether the strength of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading
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Uden, Jez; Schmitt, Diane; Schmitt, Norbert – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This study follows a small group of learners in the UK to the end of a graded reading program using the Cambridge Readers and investigates whether this particular graded reading series provides a bridge to reading unsimplified novels for pleasure. The participants' reading comprehension, reading rates, vocabulary text coverage, and overall affect…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Reading Comprehension, Reading Rate
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Shum, Mark Shiu Kee; Ki, Wing Wah; Leong, Che Kan – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
Two groups of 13 to14-year-old alphasyllabary language users (mainly Hindi and Urdu), in integrated or designated school settings (respectively 40 and 48 students), were compared with 59 Chinese students in comprehending 4 elementary Chinese texts, each with three inferential questions requiring short open-ended written answers. Three constructs…
Descriptors: Chinese, Reading Comprehension, Urdu, Indo European Languages
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Rodrigo, Victoria; Greenberg, Daphne; Segal, Don – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This study analyzes the effect of two reading interventions on reading habits by 181 low literate adults who read at the 3-5.9 grade levels. One intervention implemented extensive reading (ER group) and the other one had direct instruction (no-ER group). A Reading Pattern survey was administered at the beginning, at the end, and 6 months after the…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Adult Literacy, Adult Basic Education, Intervention
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Su, Xiaoxiang; Kim, Young-Suk – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
In the present study, we examined the relation of knowledge of semantic radicals to students' language proficiency and word reading for adult Chinese-as-a-foreign language students. Ninety-seven college students rated their proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Chinese, and were administered measures of receptive and…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Word Recognition
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Beglar, David; Hunt, Alan – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This study investigated the effects of (a) the amount of pleasure reading completed, (b) the type of texts read (i.e., simplified or unsimplified books), and (c) the level of simplified texts read by 14 Japanese university students who made the largest reading rate gains over one academic year. The findings indicated that the participants who made…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Recreational Reading, Readability, Difficulty Level
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Brantmeier, Cindy; Hammadou Sullivan, JoAnn; Strube, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
With 97 learners in an advanced Spanish course, the study examines the effects of textual enhancement adjuncts, prior subject knowledge, first language (L1) reading ability, and second language (L2) Spanish proficiency on L2 comprehension of scientific passages. Readings included two texts with two types of embedded questions: a pause or written…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Correlation, Prior Learning
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Nahatame, Shingo – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
Predictive inference is the anticipation of the likely consequences of events described in a text. This study investigated predictive inference generation during second language (L2) reading, with a focus on the effects of strategy instructions. In this experiment, Japanese university students read several short narrative passages designed to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Prediction, Inferences
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Brantmeier, Cindy; Schultz, Lyndsie; Aquino-Sterling, Cristian; Van Bishop, Tracy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This feature offers 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"). It treats any topic within the scope of "RFL" and second language reading. The articles are listed in alphabetical order, each with a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Skills, Journal Articles, Books
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Huffman, Jeffrey – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
Extensive reading (ER) is an effective way to provide large amounts of comprehensible input to foreign language learners, but many teachers and administrators remain unconvinced, and it has been argued that there is still insufficient evidence to support the claims that have been made regarding its benefits. Few studies have looked at ER's effect…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gains, Reading Rate
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Nation, Paul – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This study looks at how much input is needed to gain enough repetition of the 1st 9,000 words of English for learning to occur. It uses corpora of various sizes and composition to see how many tokens of input would be needed to gain at least twelve repetitions and to meet most of the words at eight of the nine 1000 word family levels. Corpus sizes…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Linguistic Input, English (Second Language), Novels
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Shen, Helen H.; Jiang, Xin – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
This study investigated the relationships between lower-level processing and general reading comprehension among adult L2 (second-language) beginning learners of Chinese, in both target and non-target language learning environments. Lower-level processing in Chinese reading includes the factors of character-naming accuracy, character-naming speed,…
Descriptors: Accuracy, Form Classes (Languages), Personality, Second Language Learning
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Cihon, Traci M.; Morford, Zachary, Stephens, Christopher J.; Morrison, Dorothy; Shrontz, Rachael; Kelly, Kimberly L. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Reading in the second language (L2) allows learners access to new vocabulary and opportunities to translate from the L2 to the first language (L1) and vice versa. In this paper, we describe three studies that explored strategies for developing L2 Italian decoding repertoires. Participants were undergraduate students preparing for a short-term…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Phonics, Undergraduate Students
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Yamashita, Junko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Despite the growing number of studies highlighting the complex process of acquiring second language (L2) word recognition skills, comparatively little research has examined the relationship between word recognition and passage-level reading ability in L2 learners; further, the existing results are inconclusive. This study aims to help fill the…
Descriptors: Language Aptitude, English (Second Language), Word Recognition, Sight Vocabulary
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