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Olifant, Tilla; Cekiso, Madoda; Rautenbach, Eunice – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Owing to the dearth of reading practices within the South African literacy landscape, many learners neither engage in productive reading habits, nor exhibit a positive attitude towards English First Additional Language (EFAL) reading. Consequently, many learners experience reading challenges, which negatively impact on their academic…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, English Teachers, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Hungwe, Vimbai – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: The teaching of reading strategies that enhance comprehension is a priority for many practising lecturers involved in academic literacy programmes. However, due to the unprepared nature of a large section of students entering the Higher Education system, a number of students have been found to lack basic literacy skills such as reading…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Translation, Bilingualism, Reading Strategies
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Madikiza, Nophawu; Cekiso, Madoda P.; Tshotsho, Baba P.; Landa, Nhlanhla – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Despite the fact that comprehension plays an important role in the reading process, the literature in a South African context reveals that learners continue to struggle with it and teachers continue to neglect it in their teaching. The literature has further shown that teachers' neglect of comprehension in their reading lessons could be attributed…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Instruction
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Gidalew, Tesfaye A.; van den Berg, Geesje – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
The purpose of the study was to determine the relationship between lecturers' beliefs and the actual methods they use in teaching reading. The study, which was conducted in teacher training colleges in the Amhara Region in Ethiopia, showed quite a number of discrepancies. The findings revealed that although in many cases lecturers were aware of…
Descriptors: Correlation, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, English (Second Language)
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Maboe, Ethel; Banoobhai, Mumthaz; Makgatho, Moses – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Literacy is regarded as a fundamental skill for people to communicate successfully in all areas of life. In the light of the poor performance of learners, an investigation concerning reading is imperative to enhance literacy in South Africa. This study explores the use of tablets to enhance English reading among learners in Grade 5 from selected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Reading Instruction
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Sibhekinkosi, Anna Nkomo – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
There has been limited attention towards the affective aspect in literacy development; yet, reading attitude, an affective component, is a significant element within literacy instruction. This makes a compelling case for investigating Grade 3 learners' attitudes towards reading. In this study, a situational analysis was conducted as Phase 1 of the…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Students, Freehand Drawing, Reading Programs
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Beck, Suzanne; Condy, Janet L. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
The current approach to reading comprehension instruction is not producing the desired outcomes. Provincial, national and international tests indicate that more than half of South African learners cannot read, understand and answer basic comprehension questions. This research project was informed by Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory. A case study…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Inferences
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Rule, Peter; Land, Sandra – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
This article argues that we have lost the plot in South African reading education. To find it, we need to move beyond the predominant mode of reading as oral performance, where the emphasis is on accuracy and pronunciation, to reading as comprehension of meaning in text. While reading research in South Africa has been conducted mainly in school…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Case Studies
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Cekiso, Madoda – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
Background: There is a general outcry that too many South African Foundation Phase (Grades 1-3) teachers do not know how to teach reading and are currently teaching reading in an "ad hoc", unsystematic way. Objectives: In response to this, this study explored the Foundation Phase teachers' perceptions of their role in teaching reading.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Teachers
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Moodley, Trevor; Aronstam, Shelley – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Teaching and learning, an evolving endeavour, is associated with many factors, with advancements in technology, playing an ever-growing role in the classroom. It is therefore important to include the use of interactive communication technologies (ICTs) in university curricula of teacher education programmes. Universities ought to be creative in…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Student Teachers, Teaching Methods, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Land, Sandra – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Automaticity, or instant recognition of combinations of letters as units of language, is essential for proficient reading in any language. The article explores automaticity amongst competent adult first-language readers of isiZulu, and the factors associated with it or its opposite - active decoding. Whilst the transparent spelling patterns of…
Descriptors: African Languages, Reading Processes, Adults, Native Language
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Scott, Linda; Saaiman, Elaine – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Notwithstanding the substantial transformation of education in South Africa in the last 20 years, specifically to redress the past inequalities, the challenges are ongoing. These challenges include tertiary institutions having to accommodate a culturally and linguistically diverse group of students, often second-language (L2) English speakers, in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Distance Education, English (Second Language)