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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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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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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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Cilliers, Liezel; Bloch, Carole – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2018
Early literacy teaching and learning in the foundation phase of rural schools in South Africa experience persistent challenges. In order to address some of these challenges, a national reading programme to improve literacy among rural learners was initiated by a nongovernmental organisation. The article provides an overview of how teachers in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Reading Programs
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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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Songxaba, Sister L.; Coetzer, Adriaan; Molepo, Jacob M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
This research reports on the findings regarding the perceptions of teachers towards creating space for the use of code switching as a teaching strategy in Afrikaans learning and teaching in the isiXhosa-speaking environments of the Transkei region. The aim of this investigation was to establish whether or not code switching can be used as a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Code Switching (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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Rule, Peter; Land, Sandra – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
This article argues that we have lost the plot in South African reading education. To find it, we need to move beyond the predominant mode of reading as oral performance, where the emphasis is on accuracy and pronunciation, to reading as comprehension of meaning in text. While reading research in South Africa has been conducted mainly in school…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Case Studies
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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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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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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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