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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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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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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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Pistorius, Tana; Mwim, Odirachukwu S. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: The evolution in digital technologies has had an enormous impact on traditional copyright notions. Works in digital form have uniform characteristics and these works can be copied, distributed and stored with ease. Objectives: The focus of this article was how to attain a balance between the need to promote access to works and…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Copyrights, Laws, Intellectual Property
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Songxaba, Sister L.; Sincuba, Limkani – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: The Eastern Cape province in South Africa is a multilingual province where isiXhosa is the most widely spoken indigenous language. Learners seldom use English at home, and it remains, largely, the language of learning and teaching used at school. With the advent of dynamic technology, learners are widely exposed to social media, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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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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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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Ngesi, Nandipha; Landa, Nhlanhla; Madikiza, Nophawu; Cekiso, Madoda P.; Tshotsho, Baba; Walters, Lynne M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
One of the major challenges in teaching English to speakers of other languages is the issue of inadequate contact time between teachers and learners and between learners and comprehensible English language input. This paper emanated from a burning desire to help learners in South African educational institutions, especially those in remote areas,…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, High School Students, English (Second Language)
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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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Njenga, James K. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Forces of globalisation and economic competition enhanced by, among others, the digital technologies, are radically transforming the social context. Digital technologies are characterised by a powerful and pervasive Internet as well as the related information and communication technologies. Globalisation is facilitated by the universally…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Definitions, Critical Literacy, Socioeconomic Status
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Mnyand, Lutho; Mbelani, Madeyandile – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
South Africa's communication landscape has changed and is still changing because many previously disadvantaged areas have benefitted from the construction of roads, provision of electricity and installation of satellites. As a result, many previously disadvantaged learners have access to digital media in their homes. In this article, we argue that…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Computer Literacy, Secondary School Students, Grade 9
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