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Sibanda, Rockie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Mother-tongue education in South African primary schools remains a challenge to policymakers. The situation is problematic in multilingual "lok'shin" (township) schools where the "lok'shin" lingua is not recognised as 'standard' language. This article raises the controversial possibility of positioning of…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, African Languages, Native Language, Language of Instruction
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Stoffelsma, Lieke – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: This small-scale study investigated English vocabulary exposure from graded readers and teacher talk in Grade 3 classrooms in poorly resourced township schools in South Africa. Vocabulary is one of the key building blocks for becoming a fluent reader. Most words are learnt through incidental exposure to oral or written language.…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Cilliers, Liezel; Bloch, Carole – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Early literacy teaching and learning in the foundation phase of rural schools in South Africa experience persistent challenges. In order to address some of these challenges, a national reading programme to improve literacy among rural learners was initiated by a nongovernmental organisation. The article provides an overview of how teachers in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Reading Programs
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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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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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Murris, Karin S.; Thompson, Robyn – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
This article reports on a philosophy for children (P4C) literacy project in a South African foundation phase classroom that introduces an important new focus in the P4C classroom: the visualisation of philosophical ideas provoked by the picture book "The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit" (2004) by Chris Wormell, giving voice…
Descriptors: Freehand Drawing, Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students
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Gennrich, Toni – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
In a context where Foundation Phase literacy teachers' personal literacy often involves operational and technicist practices rather than creative, this paper argues that it is by exposing teachers to experiences of working with different genres of text for an extended time, in different fields, that teachers are able to imagine the possibilities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Literacy Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Tembe, Juliet; Reed, Yvonne – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, many children are not learning to read competently in the first 3 years of primary school; thus, both 'reading to learn' and 'reading for pleasure' in these early years, and in higher grades, are constrained. Two of the many reasons for reading failure are the absence of suitable materials in languages with which…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Teaching Methods, African Languages, Childrens Literature
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Hill, Margaret A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
Against a background that raises problems associated with the classification of languages in current South African curriculum policy, this article describes a programme based on a visual approach to writing, implemented in a farm school. The medium of instruction was English. The home languages of the teachers and learners were Afrikaans and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Rural Education, Language of Instruction
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Blease, Bernita; Condy, Janet – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
The purpose of this research project was to understand how Cambourne's theory of social constructivism, particularly his four instructional principles, was applied to the teaching of writing in two rural multigrade Foundation Phase classrooms in the Western Cape. Multigrade schools account for 30% of all primary schools in South Africa, but in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Rural Schools
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Combrinck, Celeste; van Staden, Surette; Roux, Karen – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
This study draws on the preProgress in International Reading Literacy Study (prePIRLS) 2011 data. It aims to illustrate the effect of early home literacy activities and the early introduction of reading skills and strategies in the school setting on reading literacy achievement amongst South African Grade 4 learners across the 11 official…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Critical Reading, Reading Strategies
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Linnegar, Kate; Condy, Janet; McKinney, Emma – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
This research examines the effects of poor working memory skills on a Grade 2 learner. Mediated learning is the theoretical framework that underpins this research project as the focus is on developing cognitive functions, particularly focusing on the working memory of a learner. An independent case study was conducted on one learner, using a…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Cognitive Processes
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Okebukola, Foluso; Owolabi, Tunde; Onafowokan, Beatrice O.A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
Recent studies and frequent news reports have expressed concerns about African children's decreasing reading habits and dwindling achievement in language and primary science examinations. African children are not reading because they have reading difficulties or because they have no interest in books. This article focuses on the elementary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Motivation, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Lukhele, Beatrice B. S. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
In this research study, relationships between attitudes to reading, reading ability, vocabulary and academic performance were investigated. The data were gathered and triangulated from an attitude questionnaire, an author and magazine recognition test, as well as from reading comprehension and academic test performance of 84 first- and third-year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Kasule, Daniel – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
This paper reports activities (as part of a university course in language teacher education on teaching reading) in which primary school student teachers (all ESL in-service teacher trainees) explored their own skills of determining textbook readability using an online software tool and a cloze test completed by two hundred and seventy-eight Grade…
Descriptors: Readability, Textbooks, Textbook Content, English (Second Language)
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