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Plakans, Lia; Bilki, Zeynep – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study of English as a second language (ESL) reading textbooks investigates cohesion in reading passages from 27 textbooks. The guiding research questions were whether and how cohesion differs across textbooks written for beginning, intermediate, and advanced second language readers. Using a computational tool called Coh-Metrix, textual…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Textbooks, Reading Instruction
Endley, Martin J. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This paper reports a study of the reading strategies used by twelve Arabic-speaking undergraduates at a major Gulf university when reading texts in English. The procedure employed was a think-aloud protocol followed by a semi-structured interview. Three research questions were addressed: (a) What are the primary comprehension problems encountered…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Reading Strategies, English (Second Language)
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Beglar, David; Hunt, Alan – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This study investigated the effects of (a) the amount of pleasure reading completed, (b) the type of texts read (i.e., simplified or unsimplified books), and (c) the level of simplified texts read by 14 Japanese university students who made the largest reading rate gains over one academic year. The findings indicated that the participants who made…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Recreational Reading, Readability, Difficulty Level
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Horiba, Yukie – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Strategic text processing was investigated for English as a foreign language learners who processed and recalled a text when they read for expression, for image, and for critique. The results indicated that, although the amount of content recall (i.e., products of comprehension) was similar, the relative contributions of second language (L2)…
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction