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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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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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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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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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Beck, Suzanne; Condy, Janet L. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
The current approach to reading comprehension instruction is not producing the desired outcomes. Provincial, national and international tests indicate that more than half of South African learners cannot read, understand and answer basic comprehension questions. This research project was informed by Vygotsky's socio-cultural theory. A case study…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Inferences
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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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Probert, Tracy; de Vos, Mark – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Word recognition is a major component of fluent reading and involves an interaction of language structure, orthography, and metalinguistic skills. This study examined reading strategies in isiXhosa and the transfer of these strategies to an additional language, English. IsiXhosa was chosen because of its agglutinative structure and conjunctive…
Descriptors: African Languages, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction, Word Recognition
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Fola-Adebayo, Titi J. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
This study investigated the influence of Pre-question and genre-based instructional strategies on science undergraduates' achievement in, and attitude to, reading. Using purposive sampling, two specialised universities in Nigeria were selected and stratified sampling was employed in assigning students to research groups based on gender and…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Pretests Posttests, Randomized Controlled Trials
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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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Cekiso, Madoda; Madikiza, Nophawu – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
Knowledge of the reading strategies used by English Second Language learners can help teachers to plan appropriate lessons and apply relevant methods of teaching reading in order to enhance learners' reading comprehension. The main objective of this study was to investigate the reading strategies used by Grade 9 English Second Language (ESL)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Strategies, Secondary School Students, Grade 9
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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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Kalua, Fetson – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
Julia Kristeva coined the term 'intertextuality' to explain her utter belief in the mutability and movement of texts, in contradistinction to the time-honoured popular idea that a text is an autonomous and self-evident object. For Kristeva, any text implies the existence and embedding of other texts, also known as sub-texts, within it. This has…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Reading Materials, Reading Strategies, Literacy
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Cekiso, Madoda – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
The aim of this study was to examine the reading strategies used by Grade 11 English Second Language (ESL) learners and the possible effects of reading instruction on their reading comprehension and strategy awareness. A quasi-experimental pre-test and post-test control group design was used. The participants included a total of 60 Grade 11…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Grade 11
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Janks, Hilary – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
Results on the PIRLS test in 2006 make it clear that South African educators need to examine the way in which they teach literacy in the Foundation phase. While the test gives a fair indication of what our children cannot do, it is less clear about what they can do. Mastery of decoding, for example, is assumed and children are tested on their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Results, Achievement Tests, Grade 4