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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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Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Jeff McQuillan offers case studies of intermediate level language learners who read young adult and adult fiction successfully as an argument against explicit vocabulary instruction. Case studies provide useful insights into whatever is being investigated but may not always be generalizable. However, McQuillan's reference to case studies has made…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Novels, Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development
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Huffman, Jeffrey – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
In his critique of the Huffman (2014) article, McLean (2016) undertakes an important reflective exercise that is too often missing in the field of second language acquisition and in the social sciences in general: questioning whether the claims made by researchers are warranted by their results. In this article, Jeffrey Huffman says that McLean…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gains, Reader Response
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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
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Mori, Setsuko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
There is no shortage of studies that have reported the beneficial effects of extensive reading (ER) on various aspects of second/foreign language acquisition, including reading comprehension, reading speed, and vocabulary development. Anecdote after anecdote shows the effectiveness of ER, and no one seems to repudiate the power of reading in large…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Motivation
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Nation, Paul – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
Extensive reading is one of a range of activities that can be used in a language learning course. Ideally, the choice of activities to go into a course should be guided by principles which are well supported by research. Similarly, the way each of those activities is used should be guided by well-justified principles. In this article, we look at…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Reading Habits, Reading Instruction
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Freedman, Leora – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
An adaptation of the traditional literary concept of close reading was developed for use in a largely multilingual classroom in which both first language (L1) and second language (L2) students were struggling to comprehend theoretical, lexically dense texts in English. This simplified method of reading a text iteratively and critically is proving…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Reading, Reading Strategies, Multilingualism
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Day, Richard R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
The April 2015 issue of "Reading in a Foreign Language" featured a discussion forum on extensive reading (ER). Most of the authors, recognized authorities on ER, discussed their views of the principles of ER, particularly in establishing and conducting ER programs. The purpose of this discussion is to review developments in the practice…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Programs, Reading Research, Educational Practices
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Park, Jeongyeon; Ro, Eunseok – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
In the first part of the discussion forum on extensive reading (ER) in "Reading in a Foreign Language" ("RFL") (April 2015 issue), many scholars in the field shared views regarding the core features to be considered when implementing ER, frequently referring to Day and Bamford's (1998, 2002) top 10 principles for teaching ER.…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Writing Instruction
Gilner, Leah – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2011
This paper aims to be an introduction to the General Service List (GSL) that brings together descriptive data with material otherwise dispersed throughout the literature. The discussion first provides an historical overview of the work that scholars, researchers, and educators used as foundations for the manufacturing of the GSL. Following, a…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Vocabulary Development, Word Lists, Word Frequency
Brantmeier, Cindy, Ed.; Yu, Xiucheng, Ed.; Bishop, Tracy Van, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2011
This feature offers an archive of articles and books published in other venues during the past year and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" ("RFL"). It treats any topic within the scope of "RFL" and second language reading. The articles are listed in alphabetical order by author,…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
Brantmeier, Cindy, Ed.; Bishop, Tracy Van, Ed.; Yu, Xiucheng, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This feature offers an archive of articles and books published in other venues during the past year (2009) and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" (RFL). It treats any topic within the scope of "RFL" and second language reading. The articles are listed in alphabetical order, each with a complete reference as…
Descriptors: Reading, Second Language Learning, Reading Materials, Reading Lists
Coxhead, Averil – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
"I was grabbed early [by vocabulary] and never let go. That's why it's difficult to explain why I enjoy working in this area. I just love doing it," said Paul Nation (in Coxhead, 2005, p. 46). How many people get grabbed by an area of research, teaching, and learning that continues to engage interest and cause excitement after 30 years? In this…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
Grabe, William – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Paul Nation's talents and interests extend well beyond vocabulary to include research on speaking, writing, classroom learning and teaching, reading, and fluency. In keeping with Nation's interests in fluency, extensive reading, and reading instruction, I outline current perspectives on reading fluency and its role as a key component of reading…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Research, Reading Fluency, Second Language Learning
Bochner, Joseph H.; Bochner, Anne M. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
This paper identifies a general limitation on printed text as a source of input for language acquisition. The paper contends that printed material can only serve as a source of linguistic input to the extent that the learner is able to make use of phonological information in reading. Focusing on evidence from the acquisition of spoken language and…
Descriptors: Printed Materials, Linguistics, Oral Language, Deafness
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