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Niyibizi, Epimaque; Sibomana, Emmanuel; Perumal, Juliet – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Writing is among the most important skills, and globally it has received more emphasis in literature on language teaching than reading, speaking and listening. However, a paucity of studies is observed in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in contexts where English is being taught as an additional or foreign language, as is the case in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Writing Instruction, High School Teachers
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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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Andrianatos, Kristien – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: Reading is a functional academic literacy ability needed by students in higher education. In the South African context, inadequate reading ability is one of the reasons for high undergraduate attrition rates. It seems that role players within this sector are of the opinion that students have reading 'problems' that need to be 'fixed',…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Reading Difficulties, Barriers
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Bangeni, Bongi; Greenbaum, Lesley – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: From 2020, the Law faculty has decided to discontinue the five-year Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) stream within the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree for a variety of reasons, including students' perceptions of stigma, the poor throughput rate of this stream and the identified need to extend academic support to more students in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Bachelors Degrees, Law Students
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Gennrich, Toni; Dison, Laura – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Often, at universities, it is assumed that students will automatically find their 'voice' after a period of exposure to the academic field. What is not understood fully are the struggles that students with different levels of preparedness have in finding and asserting their academic voice, particularly in the academic writing genres necessary for…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Vocabulary
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Takavarasha, Sam; Cilliers, Liezel; Chinyamurindi, Willie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Unlike the millennials from the industrialised world who were raised amidst an increasingly online and socially networked society, their South African counterparts at previously disadvantaged universities have some weaknesses similar to those of digital migrants. These weaknesses are caused by the limited exposure millennials in South Africa have…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged Schools, Universities
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Molotja, Tsebe Wilfred; Themane, Mahlapahlapana – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
The importance of getting children off to a good start in reading cannot be overstated. Successful academic performance at primary and secondary school level is partly dependent on the ability to read. It is believed that good learners are those who are proficient in reading. However, many learners are struggling to read and, therefore, struggle…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Reading Habits, Reading Strategies, Academic Achievement
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Steyn, Riana A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
It has long been the focus of many countries around the world to see their entrepreneurs grow and to introduce interventions to assist them, as they realise the impact these entrepreneurs have on their economies. Technology is believed to be one of the biggest tools that entrepreneurs can use to assist them in growing sustainable businesses. There…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Entrepreneurship, Technological Literacy, Barriers
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Chinyamurindi, Willie T.; Dlaza, Zikhona – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
The concept of digital and information communication technology (ICT) literacy is receiving renewed empirical attention. This focus is attributed to the changing nature of society and the move towards the ideals of the knowledge-based economy. Further, universities in South Africa and internationally are encouraging the fusion of technology in how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Computer Literacy, Faculty Development
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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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Ntereke, Beauty B.; Ramoroka, Boitumelo T. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
The ability to read and interpret textbooks and other assigned material is a critical component of success at university level. Therefore, the aims of this study are twofold: to evaluate the reading levels of first-year students when they first enter the university to determine how adequately prepared they are for university reading. It is also to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Undergraduate Students
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Ramoroka, Boitumelo T. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on the interpersonal function of metadiscourse features in academic texts. This means that research on writing in academic contexts began to focus on the rhetorical features, such as interactional metadiscourse, that writers use to present their voice in writing. These developments in academic…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Computational Linguistics, Interpersonal Communication
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Boakye, Naomi A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
This article reports on the extensive reading (ER) component of a reading intervention programme to improve first-year students' reading proficiency. To make the intervention more practical and to accelerate improvement, an ER component was included in the programme. Two groups of first-year students (high-risk and low-risk) were required to read…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Student Attitudes, Intervention, Reading Comprehension
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Magogwe,Joel, M.; Nkateng, Unity M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
Writing is a challenging but requisite skill at university and other life situations. At university, essay writing is generally challenging to first-year students across disciplines or faculties. This study therefore describes the writing challenges of the Faculty of Social Sciences students at the University of Botswana. To that end, this study…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Essays, Writing (Composition), Foreign Countries
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Drennan, Laura M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
Writing functions as an important tool that spans various spaces in higher education. Moving away from a 'skills approach' to writing, this article argues that the writing centre serves as an intermediary between students and academic lecturers. The article discusses how the current practices at the writing centre promotes the development of…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Laboratories, Higher Education, Writing Instruction
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