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Wilawan, Sujunya – Reading Improvement, 2011
This study investigated the effects of an instructional procedure which incorporated lexical cohesion and macrorules to promote main idea comprehension of Thai EFL students. One hundred and six undergraduate students taking a reading module were randomly assigned to one of three teaching conditions: the combined use of lexical cohesion and…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Undergraduate Students, Rhetoric, Student Attitudes
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Burgess, Stephen R.; Sargent, Stephan; Smith, Melinda; Hill, Nancy; Morrison, Susan – Reading Improvement, 2011
Several authors have suggested that a teacher's ability to encourage a disposition to read may be linked to their personal reading habits and views of literacy. This study examined the relationship between elementary school teachers' reading habits, knowledge of children's literature, and their use of literacy best practices in the classroom. One…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Habits, Literacy, Elementary School Teachers
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Gilliam, Brenda K.; Dykes, Frank; Gerla, Jacqueline K.; Wright, Gary L. – Reading Improvement, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore the link between speech and reading to oneself among struggling readers in secondary schools. The researchers examined the extent to which adolescent struggling readers used various vocal and subvocal behaviors, such as lip movement, mumbling, whispering, and oral reading during individual reading…
Descriptors: Silent Reading, Oral Reading, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction
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Hovland, Michelle R.; Gapp, Susan C.; Theis, Becky L. – Reading Improvement, 2011
The purpose of this observation case study was to understand pre-school and kindergarten teachers' perceptions of what "distinguishing the characteristics of print" means and to identify strategies pre-school and kindergarten teachers employ to assist young children in learning to distinguish the characteristics. This study used…
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Young Children, Kindergarten, Teaching Methods
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Eisouh, Zuhair S. – Reading Improvement, 2011
This cross-sectional study attempted to determine whether the English negation errors made by the University of Jordan's students were similar to the English negation errors proposed by Klima and Bellugi (1966), or influenced by the Arabic syntactic structures of negative sentences. Data of negative structures were gathered, and error counts were…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Sentences, Syntax, Morphemes
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Uchiyama, Takumi – Reading Improvement, 2011
Concern has been expressed about teaching English to the fifth- and the sixth graders in the public schools of Japan. There appears to be an insufficiency of materials as well as anxiety among teachers who must instruct these grades. Story telling may be an important step for developing English competence. The current study replicated the work of…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Reading Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Grade 6
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Weshah, Hani A.; Tomok, Tamara N. – Reading Improvement, 2011
This study investigated the impact of a training program based on pedagogical knowledge on improving the speaking and writing skills teaching practices of female English language teachers. The participants consisted of 30 teachers: 10 as an experimental group and 20 as a control group. To answer the study questions, the researchers developed a…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Speech Communication, Program Effectiveness
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Ediger, Marlow – Reading Improvement, 2010
Data based instruction has received much attention in educational literature. It relates well to measurement driven teaching and learning. Data may come from several sources including mandated tests, district wide testing, formative and summative evaluations, as well as teacher written tests. Objective information is intended for use in data based…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Research, Data, Theory Practice Relationship
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Wangsgard, Nichole – Reading Improvement, 2010
There are several reading strategies necessary for students to read and comprehend test. This article introduces an informal teacher evaluation of before, during, and after reading strategy use called the Before, During, and After Reading Scale (BDARS). Two scales have been designed. The teacher version will help teachers determine which reading…
Descriptors: Reading Strategies, Measures (Individuals), Reading Comprehension, Informal Assessment
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Richards, Janet C. – Reading Improvement, 2010
Studies indicate thoughtfully planned chants integrated with shared book reading help young children remember concepts and vocabulary they hear in literature, capture children's imagination, develop their rhyming acuity, and background knowledge, and increase their sense of story structure, understanding of story sequence, phonological awareness,…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Phonological Awareness, Young Children, Memory
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Kelly, William E. – Reading Improvement, 2010
The relation between reading for pleasure, night-sky watching interest, and openness to experience were examined in a sample of 129 college students. Results of a path analysis examining a mediation model indicated that the influence of night-sky interest on reading for pleasure was not mediated by the broad personality domain openness to…
Descriptors: Recreational Reading, Astronomy, Relationship, Student Interests
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Barnyak, Natalie Conrad; Paquette, Kelli R. – Reading Improvement, 2010
In today's diverse elementary classrooms, teacher educators must model for preservice teachers how to implement exemplary literacy practices. It is sometimes necessary to dispel misconceptions regarding these instructional practices. Often, instructional strategies learned in the undergraduate classroom are disregarded by preservice teachers…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Misconceptions, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Fello, Susan E. – Reading Improvement, 2010
The International Reading Association (2003) has recently established new guidelines for graduate students enrolled in reading and literacy programs. These guidelines require graduate students to maintain direct contact with students during their coursework for advanced degrees. Field experiences support best practices in bridging the gap between…
Descriptors: Reading Consultants, Theory Practice Relationship, Field Experience Programs, Guidelines
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Lei, Simon A.; Rhinehart, Patricia J.; Howard, Holly A.; Cho, Jonathan K. – Reading Improvement, 2010
Comprehension in textbooks, scholarly books, and research journal articles, along with identification of important information can be problematic for college students. Reading is fundamental in all academic disciplines. Many college instructors do not see that teaching students reading skills as part of their job, and that reading required…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, College Students, Reading Materials, Reading Skills
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Kostewicz, Douglas E.; Kubina, Richard M., Jr. – Reading Improvement, 2010
Teachers have used the method of repeated readings to build oral reading fluency in students with and without special needs. A new fluency building intervention called interval sprinting uses shorter timing intervals (i.e., sprints) across a passage. This study used an alternating treatment design to compare repeated readings and interval…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Teaching Methods, Intervals, Repetition
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