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Macalister, John; Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
A challenge in reading research, and particularly extensive reading research, is how to manage the transition from the top of graded reading schemes to authentic texts which may be separated from each other by up to 5,000 word families. While texts written for native-speaker children have been recommended at times, recent research has shown that…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Native Language, Language Usage
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Boutorwick, T. J.; Macalister, John; Elgort, Irina – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
One avenue for developing second language (L2) vocabulary knowledge is through Extensive Reading (ER). ER can provide opportunities for incidental learning to occur. Class time is often too restricted for sufficient attention to deliberate learning (Hunt & Beglar, 2005) meaning ER is important for L2 vocabulary development. This article builds…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Webb, Stuart; Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
The authors respond to the comment by Jeff McQuillan. It is important to question research findings and so they appreciate this opportunity to further discuss their two studies on the appropriacy of children's literature for foreign and second language learning (Macalister & Webb, 2019; Webb & Macalister, 2013). They also agree with…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Childrens Literature, Native Speakers, English
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Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Jeff McQuillan offers case studies of intermediate level language learners who read young adult and adult fiction successfully as an argument against explicit vocabulary instruction. Case studies provide useful insights into whatever is being investigated but may not always be generalizable. However, McQuillan's reference to case studies has made…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Novels, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
In this article, John Macalister draws attention to the fact that the term "extensive reading" can have multiple meanings. It has been used to include breadth of reading and time spent reading, as well as both amount of new reading and amount of text read. It is, therefore, perhaps unsurprising that teachers can hold differing views as…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Fluent reading is essential for successful comprehension. One dimension of reading fluency is reading rate, or reading speed. Because of the importance of reading fluency, fluency development activities should be incorporated into classroom practice. One activity that meets the fluency development conditions proposed by Nation (2007) is speed…
Descriptors: Speed Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate, Reading Instruction