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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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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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Harris, Shenika, Ed.; Bernales, Carolina, Ed.; Pratte, Elizabeth Killingbeck, Ed.; Balmaceda, David, Ed.; Li, Yanjie, Ed.; Liu, Huan, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
This feature offers an archive of articles 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, each with a complete reference as…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Research, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes
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Macis, Marijana – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
There is little research available on the incidental learning of figurative language from reading (e.g., Webb, Newton, & Chang, 2013). This study looked at collocations with both literal and figurative meanings, that is, duplex collocations (Macis & Schmitt, 2017a) and whether reading could enhance lexical knowledge of the figurative…
Descriptors: Incidental Learning, Phrase Structure, Case Studies, Advanced Students
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Krulatz, Anna M.; Duggan, Jennifer – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2018
This paper presents an exploratory-interpretive study of two multilingual adults acquiring Norwegian through extensive reading. The study examined social and cognitive aspects of language acquisition, and individual factors, such as the language learning behaviors, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of the participants. The data were collected…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Norwegian, Foreign Countries
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Nahatame, Shingo – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
Standards of coherence are one of the major factors that influence reading comprehension. This study investigated the standards of coherence that second language (L2) learners employ when reading. In a pair of experiments, Japanese learners of English read two-sentence texts with varying causal and semantic relatedness between sentences and then…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Semantics
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Hatami, Sarvenaz – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study compares the impact of second language (L2) reading and listening on the incidental acquisition and retention of five dimensions of vocabulary knowledge--spoken form, written form, part of speech, syntagmatic association, and form-meaning connection--at the level of recognition (form-meaning connection was measured also at the level of…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Indo European Languages
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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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Taguchi, Etsuo; Gorsuch, Greta; Lems, Kristin; Rosszell, Rory – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
Reading fluency research and practice have recently undergone some changes. While past studies and interventions focused on reading speed as their main goal, now more emphasis is being placed on exploring the role prosody plays in reading, and how listening to an audio model of a text while reading may act as a form of scaffolding, or aid, to…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Reading Instruction
Zhao, Aiping; Guo, Ying; Biales, Carrie; Olszewski, Arnold – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study examined the predictive role of several learner factors in second language (L2) incidental vocabulary acquisition through reading: L2 proficiency, motivation, anxiety, and mastery of strategies. Participants were 129 English learners in a comprehensive university in China. Participants read two English texts and were given an…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning, Foreign Countries
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Horiba, Yukie; Fukaya, Keiko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
This study examined the effect of reading goal, topic-familiarity, and language proficiency on text comprehension and learning. English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students with high and low topic-familiarity read and recalled a text. Some were told in advance to expect a recall task in a particular language--the first language (L1) or second…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Familiarity, Second Language Learning, Goal Orientation
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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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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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Stoller, Fredricka L. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2015
Some years ago (in about 2007), this author was asked by Professor Neil J. Anderson, known for his expertise in second language (L2) reading, to identify his top-five priorities for teachers of L2 reading. As it turns out, it was an interesting intellectual exercise to narrow down key issues in teaching L2 reading to a grand total of five. To…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Reading Instruction, Reading Material Selection, Second Language Learning
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Crossley, Scott A.; Yang, Hae Sung; McNamara, Danielle S. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
This study uses a moving windows self-paced reading task to assess both text comprehension and processing time of authentic texts and these same texts simplified to beginning and intermediate levels. Forty-eight second language learners each read 9 texts (3 different authentic, beginning, and intermediate level texts). Repeated measures ANOVAs…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Second Language Instruction, Difficulty Level
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