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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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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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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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Olivier, Louise; Olivier, Jako – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Writing apprehension relates to a reluctance to write or even fear of writing and little research has been done on this phenomenon in the South African context, especially in terms of compulsory academic literacy and academic linguistic modules. This article aimed at determining the nature of writing apprehension in these two modules in terms of…
Descriptors: Writing Apprehension, College Freshmen, Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages
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Shober, Dianne – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
University lecturers share a concern for incoming varsity students who lack the literacy competence to succeed in their courses. Given the strong correlation between reading and literacy, the English Department commenced an innovative and effective reading programme which witnessed positive and enthusiastic results. By engaging students in reading…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Motivation, Reading Programs, College Freshmen
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Boakye, Naomi A. N. Y. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
Self-efficacy, which is the belief about one's ability to perform a task successfully, has been widely acknowledged as important in learning. This affective factor, though not explicitly evident, has been said to play an important role in academic performance. However, its role in reading development has not been widely investigated. To determine…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Efficacy, Questionnaires, College Freshmen
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Livingston, Candice; Klopper, Betsie; Cox, Sanet; Uys, Corrie – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
Research regarding the academic reading load experienced by first year students at universities in South Africa indicated that students are woefully under-prepared to deal with this load as they have limited reading experiences and strategies. This led to the implementation of an academic reading programme at a university of technology. In order…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction
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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