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Taylor, Alan M. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
The author really enjoyed reading the study by Cheng and Good (2009). The results of their study seem especially interesting from the point of view of reading comprehension. Indeed, their results mirror to some degree Joyce's (1997) study, in which glossing actually had a somewhat negative effect on third semester second language (L2) readers'…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Instructional Materials, Difficulty Level
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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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