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Lee, Sang-Ki – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
Because human memory is largely reconstructive, people tend to reorganize and reevaluate an event in a way that is coherent to the truth values held in their belief system. This study investigated the role of topic congruence (defined as whether the reading content corresponds with readers' prior beliefs towards a contentious topic) in second…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Death, Multivariate Analysis
Hellekjaer, Glenn Ole – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
In this paper the academic English reading proficiency of 578 Norwegian university students was quantitatively examined. Self-assessment items were used to measure reading proficiency in Norwegian and English and validated using an International English Language Testing System Academic Reading Module. The study found that about 30% of the…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Norwegian, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
Parsons, Christine E.; Lyddy, Fiona – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
For the majority of people in Ireland, Irish is a second language acquired primarily through the schooling system. This study examined the reading strategies children used in response to English and Irish words (presented in isolation), through an analysis of their oral reading errors. Children in their 4th year of schooling attending…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Immersion Programs, Early Reading, Reading Strategies
Zhang, Lawrence Jun; Wu, Aijiao – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
This paper reports findings from a study that assesses metacognitive awareness and reading-strategy use of Chinese senior high school students who are learning English as a foreign language (EFL). A total of 270 students responded to a 28-item survey of reading strategies (SORS). The strategies were classified into 3 categories: global,…
Descriptors: High Schools, Reading Strategies, Problem Solving, English (Second Language)
Erten, Ismail Hakki; Razi, Salim – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2009
This study investigated whether cultural familiarity influences comprehension of short stories and whether nativizing the story or using reading activities can compensate for the lack of such familiarity. The study was conducted with 44 advanced-level students of English at a state university in Turkey. In a 2 x 2 experimental research design, the…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Familiarity, Foreign Countries, Literary Genres
Fender, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between spelling knowledge and reading skills among a group of 16 intermediate-level Arab learners of English as a second language (ESL) and a corresponding comparison group of 21 intermediate-level ESL learners in an English for academic purposes (EAP) program. A spelling task was used…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Reading Fluency, Listening Comprehension Tests
Wan-a-rom, Udorn – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
This study compared graded-reader wordlists with the General Service List (GSL; West, 1953) and investigated the words in those lists and the words actually used in graded-reader books. The wordlists from the 2 major graded-reader series, the GSL, and the words actually used in the graded readers were examined using the Range program. The…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Comparative Analysis, Word Lists
Gardner, Dee – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Fourteen collections of children's reading materials were used to investigate the claim that collections of authentic texts with a common theme, or written by one author, afford readers with more repeated exposures to new words than unrelated materials. The collections, distinguished by relative thematic tightness, authorship (1 vs. 4 authors),…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Recycling, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development
Kweon, Soo-Ok; Kim, Hae-Ri – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Second language vocabulary can be learned incidentally while the learner is engaged in extensive reading or reading for meaning, inferring the meaning of unknown words (Huckin & Coady, 1999; Hulstijn, 1992; Krashen, 1993; Pigada & Schmitt, 2006). 12 Korean learners of English read authentic literary texts and were tested on their knowledge of…
Descriptors: Nouns, Pretests Posttests, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning
Prichard, Caleb – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
A review of the relevant literature concerning second language dictionary use while reading suggests that selective dictionary use may lead to improved comprehension and efficient vocabulary development. This study aims to examine the dictionary use of Japanese university students to determine just how selective they are when reading nonfiction…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Dictionaries
Alessi, Stephen; Dwyer, Angelique – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Intermediate learners of Spanish read a Spanish newspaper article with vocabulary assistance either before reading, while reading, both, or without any such assistance. Reading performance was significantly better for students receiving vocabulary assistance during reading, but not for those receiving it before reading. Reading time of the…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Second Languages
Brown, Ronan; Waring, Rob; Donkaewbua, Sangrawee – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
This study examined the rate at which English vocabulary was acquired from the 3 input modes of reading, reading-while-listening, and listening to stories. It selected 3 sets of 28 words within 4 frequency bands and administered 2 test types immediately after the reading and listening treatments, 1 week later and 3 months later. The results showed…
Descriptors: College Students, Foreign Countries, Vocabulary Development, Incidental Learning
Pulido, Diana; Hambrick, David Z. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
The present study investigated the relative contributions of experiential and ability factors to second language (L2) passage comprehension and L2 vocabulary retention. Participants included a cross section of 99 adult learners of Spanish as a foreign language enrolled in beginning through advanced level university Spanish courses. Participants…
Descriptors: Retention (Psychology), Structural Equation Models, Sight Vocabulary, Multiple Choice Tests
Webb, Stuart – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
Japanese university students learning English as a foreign language (EFL) encountered 10 target words in 3 sets of 10 short contexts that were rated on the amount of information available to infer the target words' meanings. One group of learners met the target words in contexts rated more highly than the contexts read by the other group. A…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, College Students
Pang, Jixian – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2008
In reading research, studies on good and poor reader characteristics abound. However, these findings remain largely scattered in applied linguistics and cognitive and educational psychology. This paper attempts to synthesize current theory and research on the topic in the past 20 years along 3 dimensions: language knowledge and processing ability,…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Educational Psychology, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Learning
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