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Hendricks, Monica – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2013
The phases of post-apartheid curriculum reform starting with Curriculum 2005, to the revisions ushered in by the National Curriculum Statements and the recent Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements display a trend toward increasing prescription in terms of content to be taught and allocation of curriculum time per subject, both of which are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Motivation, National Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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Wishart, Elsemieke – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2012
This research article explores the concept that libraries as communication centres in sub-Saharan Africa can play a vital role in bringing poverty relief by providing greater access to information through modern technology. It discusses the patrons who can benefit from community information centres and explores their particular needs. I have…
Descriptors: Libraries, Library Role, Access to Information, Poverty
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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, 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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Mendelowitz, Belinda; Davis, Harriet – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
This paper explores the impact of a narrative multilingualism approach on in-service primary school teachers who attended the Advanced Certificate of Education (ACE) Languages course at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2009. The teachers wrote their own language narratives and were required to implement language narrative work in their…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Multilingualism, Inservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education
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O'Carroll, Shelley – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
This paper explores one aspect of early literacy development in a low socio-economic context in South Africa. Assessments conducted with a sample of children from two disadvantaged communities in Cape Town indicated that in this context, almost half of the learners entering Grade One were unable to recognise any letters. A Grade R intervention…
Descriptors: Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Emergent Literacy, Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries
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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
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Kasule, Daniel – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
This paper reports activities (as part of a university course in language teacher education on teaching reading) in which primary school student teachers (all ESL in-service teacher trainees) explored their own skills of determining textbook readability using an online software tool and a cloze test completed by two hundred and seventy-eight Grade…
Descriptors: Readability, Textbooks, Textbook Content, English (Second Language)
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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
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Desmond, Snoeks – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
The Family Literacy Project works with women in rural KwaZulu-Natal to help them improve their levels of literacy and provides encouragement as they support the literacy development of their children. These women have regularly visited neighbouring families to read to and play with children and discuss early childhood development and relevant…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Emergent Literacy, Mothers, Foreign Countries
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van Staden, Surette; Howie, Sarah – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) assessment is an international comparative study of reading skills of Grade Four learners. South Africa's first participation in the study took place in the 2006 cycle (Mullis "et al.", 2007), with repeat participation planned to take place for PIRLS 2011. PIRLS 2006 results…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment, Reading Achievement
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Kasule, Daniel; Lunga, Violet B. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
Recognizing students' deliberate efforts to minimize errors in their written texts is valuable in seeing them as responsible active agents in text creation. This paper reports on a brief survey of the attitudes towards self-editing of seventy university students using a questionnaire and class discussion. The context of the study is characterized…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Writing Attitudes, Second Language Learning
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Parry, Kate – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
This paper draws on data collected at the Kitengesa Community Library in Masaka District of Uganda to discuss some of the different literacies that are important in African environments. First, the literacies associated with different languages are analysed, these being classified as "supralanguages" (English in Uganda), "lingua…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multiple Literacies, African Languages, Official Languages
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Currin, Sally; Pretorius, Elizabeth J. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2010
This article reports on a reading intervention project undertaken in a high poverty primary school in Gauteng where reading levels in both the home language, Northern Sotho, and in English were very low. Some of the factors associated with school effectiveness (SE) are first examined and thereafter the nature of the reading intervention programme…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Elementary School Students, Poverty, African Languages
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