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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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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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Mather, Nazarana; Rule, Peter – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
Whilst research has been conducted on reading skills at primary school level in South Africa, not much research exists on writing, especially boys' writing. This article focuses on the use of an interactive questionnaire to get Grade 6 boys involved in research that is based on a cycle of the writing programme as prescribed by the Curriculum and…
Descriptors: Males, Grade 6, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries
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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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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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Akinyeye, Caroline; Plüddemann, Peter – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
The new language curriculum in South Africa recommends that extended writing be taught through a combination of text-based (or genre) and process approaches. This article reports on a study of the teaching and assessment of narrative writing in English as a first additional language (FAL) at a time of curriculum change. The setting is a Cape Flats…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Hill, Margaret A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
Against a background that raises problems associated with the classification of languages in current South African curriculum policy, this article describes a programme based on a visual approach to writing, implemented in a farm school. The medium of instruction was English. The home languages of the teachers and learners were Afrikaans and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Rural Education, Language of Instruction
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Blease, Bernita; Condy, Janet – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
The purpose of this research project was to understand how Cambourne's theory of social constructivism, particularly his four instructional principles, was applied to the teaching of writing in two rural multigrade Foundation Phase classrooms in the Western Cape. Multigrade schools account for 30% of all primary schools in South Africa, but in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Rural Schools
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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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Dornbrack, Jacqui; Dixon, Kerryn – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
Advances in technology, changes in communication practices, and the imperatives of the workplace have led to the repositioning of the role of writing in the global context. This has implications for the teaching of writing in schools. This article focuses on the argumentative essay, which is a high-stakes genre. A sample of work from one Grade 10…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Essays
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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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Janks, Hilary – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
This article offers a first-person account of an academic writing workshop from the perspective of a participant. What is significant is that the workshop combines traditional and creative writing approaches to the teaching of academic writing. This provides new insights into a process of academic writing that can have a significant effect on the…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Capacity Building, Writing Instruction, Higher Education
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Gains, Paula; Graham, Barbara – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
Similar concerns about the development of children's creative writing abilities in Kenya and South Africa prompted two Mother Tongue (MT) education practitioners in Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy of Linguistics (MILL) to undertake parallel intervention studies to increase teachers' competence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Expressive Language, Creative Writing