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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
Koda, Keiko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This response was constructed based on the author's experience as a language program coordinator and her expertise in second language (L2) reading development. Because "transcultural competence," as defined in the MLA Report (2007), shares much of its underlying capacities with "reading ability," in principle, reading instruction could play a…
Descriptors: Reading Ability, Reading Instruction, Language Acquisition, Competence
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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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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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)