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Zhang, Zhiying; Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study investigated the effects of reading bilingual books on vocabulary learning. Eighty-two Chinese English as a foreign language (EFL) learners read different versions of the same text: English-only text, English text with target words glossed, English text followed by the Chinese text, and Chinese text followed by the English text. A…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Books, Reading Materials, Vocabulary Development
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Boutorwick, T. J.; Macalister, John; Elgort, Irina – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
One avenue for developing second language (L2) vocabulary knowledge is through Extensive Reading (ER). ER can provide opportunities for incidental learning to occur. Class time is often too restricted for sufficient attention to deliberate learning (Hunt & Beglar, 2005) meaning ER is important for L2 vocabulary development. This article builds…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Huang, Ting – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
This study adopted the between-subjects and within-subjects group designs to examine the impact of visual aids on 26 intermediate Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) learners' reading comprehension in an American college. Students were assigned into two groups to complete multiple-choice and translation tasks to test effects of visual aids. The…
Descriptors: Chinese, Reading Comprehension, Visual Aids, Student Characteristics
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Kramer, Brandon; McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2019
Reading rate, usually measured in words per minute, is a common operationalization of reading fluency in second language (L2) research and pedagogy. However, the impact of word length is often not addressed. This paper presents two studies showing how the number of characters in a text influences L2 reading time, independent of word counts, within…
Descriptors: Reading Rate, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Comparative Analysis
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Dolosic, Haley – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
As second language (L2) reading assessment and proficiency grow in importance globally, many questions remain about the multifaceted nature of L2 reading. This study examined the interconnected relationships of text type, test method, topic familiarity, and self-assessment, as they relate to L2 reading through correlation and regression analyses…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, College Students
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Shimono, Torrin R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
The progression of silent reading rates and reading comprehension were examined among Japanese university students (N = 55) over one academic semester. Participants were divided into three quasi-experimental groups. The first group practiced a combination of timed reading and repeated oral reading with attention paid to chunking and prosody. The…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Huang, Sha – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
Second language (L2) reading research suggests that successful reading comprehension usually involves a repertoire of strategies. Although Chinese is considered to be a challenging language for foreign language readers, thus far, few studies have investigated how strategies are orchestrated by readers of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) to…
Descriptors: Chinese, Reading Strategies, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chang, C.-S.; Millett, Sonia – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study compared the reading speed, comprehension and perceptions of two groups of English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. Each group addressed one of two types of narrow reading: same genre and same title. The same genre texts were three graded readers in the "Sherlock Holmes" series, and the same title texts were "The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Reading Rate, Reading Comprehension, Student Attitudes
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Bahmani, Roghayeh; Farvardin, Mohammad Taghi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study aimed to examine the effects of different text difficulty levels on foreign language reading anxiety (FLRA) and reading comprehension of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners. To this end, 50 elementary EFL learners were selected from two intact classes (n = 25 each). Each class was assigned to a text difficulty level (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Reading Materials, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Kida, Shusaku – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
The present study investigated second language (L2) learners' acquisition of automatic word recognition and the development of L2 orthographic representation in the mental lexicon. Participants in the study were Japanese university students enrolled in a compulsory course involving a weekly 30-minute sustained silent reading (SSR) activity with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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McQuillan, Jeff – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Nation (2014) concluded that most of the vocabulary one needs to read challenging texts in English can be acquired incidentally through voluminous reading. This study examines possible texts that second language (L2) readers can use to move from controlled-vocabulary materials such as graded readers, which go up through approximately the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Materials, Vocabulary Development
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Plakans, Lia; Bilki, Zeynep – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study of English as a second language (ESL) reading textbooks investigates cohesion in reading passages from 27 textbooks. The guiding research questions were whether and how cohesion differs across textbooks written for beginning, intermediate, and advanced second language readers. Using a computational tool called Coh-Metrix, textual…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Textbooks, Reading Instruction
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Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
In this article, John Macalister draws attention to the fact that the term "extensive reading" can have multiple meanings. It has been used to include breadth of reading and time spent reading, as well as both amount of new reading and amount of text read. It is, therefore, perhaps unsurprising that teachers can hold differing views as…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Waring, Rob; McLean, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
The Extensive Reading Foundation's bibliography now boasts over 530 articles with "Extensive Reading" in the title. About 35% of this rich and diverse body of papers were published in the past decade. A meta-review of this literature shows it is quite fragmented as evidenced by considerable variability in the conceptualization of…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Research, Guidelines, Teaching Methods
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Mermelstein, Aaron David – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
This study's purpose is to seek out methods of improving reading and writing for EFL learners. This one-year study focuses on an enhanced design of extensive reading (ER) towards improving learners' writing abilities. Pre- and posttests used the Jacobs, Zingraf, Wormoth, Hartfield, and Hughey (1981) measurement of writing, including content,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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