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Stephens, Meredith – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Aka (2019) conducted an year-long large-scale study demonstrating that Japanese high school students who undertook extensive reading performed better than a control group who undertook grammatical instruction. Those showing the greatest gains were those of lower and intermediate proficiency. The students' achievement was measured in terms of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, High School Students, Foreign Countries
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Quiñones-Guerra, Víctor R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Nobuko Sakurai (2015) presents insightful research results that help educators better understand the impact of translation as it limits reading quantity, reading comprehension, and reading rate in an extensive reading (ER) program. Overall, the results of the study encourage educators to restrict translation as a means of obtaining better results…
Descriptors: Translation, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Reading Comprehension
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Stephens, Meredith – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In this response to Sakurai, Meredith Stephens agrees that Sakurai (2015) raises an important issue of which native English speaking teachers may be unaware; Japanese learners of English typically translate into Japanese while reading English. Sakurai explained, "It is speculated that Japanese students naturally translate English into…
Descriptors: Translation, Reader Response, Reading Rate, Reading Fluency
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Sakurai, Nobuko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
The paper "The influence of translation on reading amount, proficiency, and speed in extensive reading" (Sakurai, 2015) outlined the first six years of the official English education system and policy in Japan. It then discussed the efficacy of extensive reading (ER) followed by a distinction between reading and translation. Previous…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Translation, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate
Cobb, Thomas – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Thomas Cobb's 2007 applied linguistics paper, "Computing the Vocabulary Demands of L2 Reading" dealt with whether reading alone can build an adequate reading lexicon in a second language, or whether some sort of extra vocabulary training will normally be required. In the article, Cobb proposed that in the case of adult academic ESL…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In his 2016 article, "What Can Readers Read after Graded Readers?" (EJ1098660), Jeff McQuillan provided data to show that there is an adequate amount of reading material that can be read at or above 98% vocabulary coverage to provide sufficient input to acquire most of the word families from the 2,000- to the 9,000-word-family levels.…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Reading Habits
Jiang, Xiangying; Grabe, William – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2007
As an instructional tool, graphic organizers (GOs) have been highly recommended and used in contemporary classrooms. Over the past decade, a number of concerns have been raised about claims for the effectiveness of GOs. These concerns involve the inconsistent research results on student improvements, the limitation in generalizability from…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials
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Asraf, Ratnawati Mohd; Ahmad, Ismail Sheikh – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2003
Describes an extensive reading program conducted in three rural secondary or middle schools in Malaysia aimed at motivating the students to read extensively in English and helping them overcome their problems in understanding English texts as a means towards increasing their proficiency in the language. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency, Reading Comprehension
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Bartu, Hulya – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2001
Discusses the claim that reading without thinking is not possible. Presents critical discourse analysis, which is considered a pedagogically useful instrument enabling the practice of thinking skills necessary for reading efficiently. Considers the teachability of reading and thinking skills, and describes a critical reading course. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, Discourse Analysis
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Sehlaoui, Abdelilah Salim – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2001
Summarizes challenges in teaching English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) reading in Morocco. Argues that teachers are needed who can change and reconstruct their own identities through sound pedagogical practice and effective leadership. Provides an example of such leadership by describing how and why classroom libraries were created and a regional…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Language Teachers
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Davies, Diane – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1998
Explores the application of a process-based methodology in reading of recent fictional text, Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day," with international undergraduates. Illustrated by practical tasks on narrative voice designed to build awareness of metadiscursive markers and their functions, this article makes a case for a methodology that is…
Descriptors: College Students, Discourse Modes, Discussion (Teaching Technique), English (Second Language)
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Zuck, Joyce Gilmour; Zuck, Louis V. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1984
Advocates the use of scripts for a "top-down" approach to reading texts. Analyzes forecasting scripts in newspapers and distinguishes the following categories: prediction, time, source, basis, range, reassessment, and modifications. Argues that such a description is helpful as a training device across a wide range of genres, including…
Descriptors: Coherence, Creative Activities, Cultural Context, English (Second Language)
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Kitto, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1984
Examines the problems of writing grammatical rules for the writing of telexes and makes some suggestions as to how to teach comprehension of telex messages. Emphasizes the inconsistency in style, length, and form of telexes, and the impact this has had on international correspondence, which involves many nonnative speakers of English. (SL)
Descriptors: Abbreviations, English (Second Language), Grammar, Instructional Materials
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Nelson, Pieter – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1984
Addresses the problems inherent in constructing reading courses for the English as a foreign language student who is not a motivated reader. Proposes an alternative type of reading course, which attempts to cover these problems by taking note of some of the preconditions necessary for comprehension. (SL)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, English (Second Language), English for Special Purposes, Foreign Countries
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Kailani, Taiseer Zaid – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1998
Highlights the functions of reading aloud and gives reasons for its practice in the foreign-language classroom. Suggests a dual approach for practicing both reading aloud and silent reading. Although specific focus is on English-language teaching in the Arab world, findings are relevant to foreign-language teaching in other countries as well.…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Reading Aloud to Others
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