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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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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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Ramoroka, Boitumelo T. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
The ability to cite sources appropriately is an important feature of academic writing. Academic writers are expected to integrate ideas of others into their texts and take a stance towards the reported material as they develop their arguments. Despite this importance, research has shown that citation presents considerable difficulties for…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Citations (References), Essays, Foreign Countries
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Ketsitlile, Lone; Commeyras, Michelle – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
The main purpose of this review on published information on reading in Botswana schools is to seek ways of providing instruction and assessment that result in children becoming proficient readers. Botswana has made impressive progress in literacy growth since independence. However, a lot still needs to be done if literacy is to become all that it…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Foreign Countries, African Languages
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Magogwe, Joel M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
This study explored metacognitive awareness level of University of Botswana students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. It also considered the more recent research focusing on the role of metacognitive awareness in reading and how it relates to proficiency. The following questions are addressed: (1) What are the self-reported reading proficiencies…
Descriptors: Metacognition, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Strategies
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Kasule, Daniel; Lunga, Violet B. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
Recognizing students' deliberate efforts to minimize errors in their written texts is valuable in seeing them as responsible active agents in text creation. This paper reports on a brief survey of the attitudes towards self-editing of seventy university students using a questionnaire and class discussion. The context of the study is characterized…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Writing Attitudes, Second Language Learning