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McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Macalister and Webb (2019) claim that "children's literature" written for native English speakers is too difficult for intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) students, those who have acquired the first 3,000 to 4,000 most commonly used words in English. The authors analyzed a corpus of short stories written for a classroom…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, English, Native Speakers, English Language Learners
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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
Frantzen, Diana – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
In this article, the author considers some of the issues addressed in the 2007 MLA report. The 2007 MLA report argues that the two-tiered literature/language configuration in post-secondary foreign language departments "has outlived its usefulness and needs to evolve," and even needs to be replaced. When proclamations are made that foreign…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Second Language Programs, Form Classes (Languages), Second Languages
Grabe, William – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
In this article, the author critiques the MLA Report. His first response to the MLA report is that it clearly identifies a number of the problems facing modern languages departments today. Enrollments and majors are declining in most modern languages departments throughout the U.S. Other academic departments do not strongly enforce language…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Student Needs, Second Language Programs, Linguistics
Sullivan, JoAnn Hammadou – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
One powerful entry into the new world that is available to language educators is the use of collaboration. Collaboration is defined as: "a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals--for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature--by sharing knowledge,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Cooperation, Languages, Second Language Instruction
Marcus, Ginger – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Reading is defined as a socio-cultural act negotiated between text and reader, and the act of reading is considered to be a cognitive process that involves knowledge not only of symbols/letters, vocabulary and structure, but also of culture. In other words, in order to understand the intentions of the author and to formulate meaning, the second…
Descriptors: Second Languages, Familiarity, Japanese, Reading Instruction
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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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Robb, Tom – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2002
In response to an article that proposes principles for teaching extensive reading, this article suggests that those principles rely heavily on learners being responsible for their own learning, a concept that is put forth in U.S. educational contexts. Discusses why these principles would need to be altered for use in an Asian context. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers, Professional Development
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Day, Richard – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2002
Proposes ten principles for an extensive reading approach to teaching reading. The principles deal with the nature of extensive reading and the conditions and methodology necessary for its success. Encourages teachers to use the principles as a tool for examining their beliefs about reading in general and extensive reading in particular, as well…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Language Teachers, Professional Development, Reading Instruction
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Prowse, Philip – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2002
Responds to an article that proposes 10 principles for teaching extensive second language reading and proposes its own principles. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Language Teachers, Professional Development, Reading Instruction
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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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Ward, Jeremy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 1999
Makes a case for introducing specialized texts in the English for specific purposes classroom earlier in the reading process. Addresses the question of whether an engineering word list might be a short cut to reading fluency for engineering students, and if so, which words might appropriately be listed. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College Students, Engineering Education, English for Academic Purposes, Higher Education
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