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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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Aka, Natsuki – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
The constructive feedback on the author's article has helped him to expand his knowledge on the topic. He would like to clarify here that the purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of extensive reading on the development of Japanese high school learners' linguistic knowledge and reading abilities. The findings revealed that the…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness, 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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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
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
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Ridgway, Tony – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2003
Aims to give foreign language reading teachers a way of coping with a common phenomenon in the reading class: students appear to have the linguistic proficiency to deal with a text, but are unable to do so because they are approaching it in an appropriate way. Argues that this problem relates to styles and attitudes in reading and that these may…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills
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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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Ridgway, Tony – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1994
Presents a theory of reading and a justification in the form of a defense of a highly generalized approach to the different forms of reading and of a lexical approach to receptive grammar. The article also addresses the question of the usefulness of models in general and this one in particular, specifically with relation to foreign-language…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Models, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Phrase Structure
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Weir, C. J.; And Others – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1990
Presents critical analysis of an earlier article, and argues that, although the validity of the High/Low distinction is questionable, it is possible for practical testing purposes to obtain reliable judgments from properly selected and trained judges. (seven references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Second Language Learning
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Matthews, Margaret – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1990
Presents critical analysis of a paper "Testing Reading Comprehension Skills, Part One," in which the consideration concerns the inadequacy of taxonomies of skills to describe individual readers' processes and, hence, their usefulness in test construction. (15 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Classification, Evaluation, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning
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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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Seidlhofer, Barbara – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1990
Draws a distinction between two kinds of summarization involved in discourse comprehension: abbreviated versions and brief accounts. English summaries written by Austrian university students are used to illustrate the different degrees of contextualization, or schematic priming, that influenced the amount of processing the students performed on…
Descriptors: College Students, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries