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Laufer, Batia; Ravenhorst-Kalovski, Geke C. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
We explore the relationship between second language (L2) learners' vocabulary size, lexical text coverage that their vocabulary provides and their reading comprehension. We also conceptualize "adequate reading comprehension" and look for the lexical threshold for such reading in terms of coverage and vocabulary size. Vocabulary size was…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Nouns, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning
Pellicer-Sanchez, Ana; Schmitt, Norbert – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Nation (2006) has calculated that second language (L2) learners require much more vocabulary than previously thought to be functional with language (e.g., 8,000-9,000 word families to read independently). This level is far beyond the highest graded reader, and would be difficult to explicitly teach. One way for learners to be exposed to…
Descriptors: Spelling, Vocabulary Development, Novels, Incidental Learning
Macalister, John – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Fluent reading is essential for successful comprehension. One dimension of reading fluency is reading rate, or reading speed. Because of the importance of reading fluency, fluency development activities should be incorporated into classroom practice. One activity that meets the fluency development conditions proposed by Nation (2007) is speed…
Descriptors: Speed Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Rate, Reading Instruction
Joe, Angela – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This longitudinal case study tracks an adult second-language (L2) learner's quality and quantity of encounters with 20 vocabulary items in an English for Academic Purposes course over 3 months. The learner completed pretest and posttest vocabulary knowledge interviews, submitted course materials and notes for analysis, and was observed during…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
Folse, Keith – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This paper reports findings from a case study of the amount of explicit vocabulary focus (EVF) that occurred in a week of classes for one group of upper intermediate students in an intensive English program (IEP). To assess EVF, instruction from a total of 25 hours of classes was analyzed to see if the number of EVF events was more connected with…
Descriptors: Intensive Language Courses, Reading Teachers, Communication Skills, English (Second Language)
Horst, Marlise – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
Opportunities for incidental vocabulary acquisition were explored in a 121,000-word corpus of teacher talk addressed to advanced adult learners of English as a second language (ESL) in a communicatively-oriented conversation class. In contrast to previous studies that relied on short excerpts, the corpus contained all of the teacher speech the…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning
Meara, Paul M.; Alcoy, Juan Carlos Olmos – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2010
This paper addresses the issue of how we might be able to assess productive vocabulary size in second language learners. It discusses some previous attempts to develop measures of this sort, and argues that a fresh approach is needed in order to overcome some persistent problems that dog research in this area. The paper argues that there might be…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Evaluation Methods, Second Language Learning, Measurement Techniques
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
Kerek, Eugenia; Niemi, Pekka – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
The unique structure of Russian orthography may influence the organization and acquisition of reading skills in Russian. The present review examines phonemic-graphemic correspondences in Russian orthography and discusses its grain-size units and possible difficulties for beginning readers and writers. Russian orthography is governed by a…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Reading Skills, Russian, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence
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
Kondo-Brown, Kimi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
In upper-level university foreign language (FL) courses, FL and heritage language (HL) students are often merged into the same classroom in a single-track system. This study investigates whether HL background is a critical factor that may prevent instructors from teaching reading effectively in single-track upper-level university courses. This…
Descriptors: College Students, Reading Ability, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction
Loh, Jason Kok Khiang – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
This case study investigates whether teachers model reading in 1 Singapore primary school during an exercise called "uninterrupted sustained silent reading" (USSR) carried out in the classroom. Even though reading is an important determinant of a student's growth in language skills and ability, and modeling the act of reading is…
Descriptors: Sustained Silent Reading, Reading Programs, Interviews, Foreign Countries
Cheng, Ying-Hsueh; Good, Robert L. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
The present study examines the effects of 3 kinds of glosses--first-language (L1) Chinese glosses plus second-language (L2) English example sentences, L1 in-text glosses, and L1 marginal glosses--in comparison with a no-gloss condition in reading an English passage, to explore whether providing glosses can facilitate reading comprehension and…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Sentences, Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development
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