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Zhou, Jing – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study examined the foreign language (FL) reading anxiety level of learners of Chinese as a FL (n = 76) in the United States. Data from an FL reading anxiety survey, a background information survey and a face-to-face interview indicated that there was no significant difference in reading anxiety level among four course levels. In general,…
Descriptors: Regression (Statistics), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Heritage Education
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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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Turnbull, Blake; Evans, Moyra Sweetnam – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
The aim of this study was to explore the effects of post-reading group discussions in both first (L1) and second (L2) languages on L2 reading comprehension. The participants were fifteen Japanese university students of intermediate-level English. Three cohorts read four English texts and produced individual written recalls. Group 1 (the control…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Japanese, Recall (Psychology)
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Hartshorn, K. James; Evans, Norman W.; Egbert, Jesse; Johnson, Amy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
English-medium institutions of higher education host increasing numbers of English-as-a second-language (ESL) learners in the US. English language skill is vital to their progress. Previous research examined reading challenges and expectations faculty have for their first-year students within five popular majors for international students…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Students, College Faculty
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Tabata-Sandom, Mitsue – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
Fluency development instruction lacks in reading in Japanese as a foreign language instruction. This study examined how 34 upper-intermediate level learners of Japanese responded when they first experienced pleasure reading and speed reading. The participants also engaged in intensive reading, the main component of which was translation. Survey…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Japanese, Second Language Instruction, Recreational Reading
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Holster, Trevor A.; Lake, J. W.; Pellowe, William R. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study used many-faceted Rasch measurement to investigate the difficulty of graded readers using a 3-item survey. Book difficulty was compared with Kyoto Level, Yomiyasusa Level, Lexile Level, book length, mean sentence length, and mean word frequency. Word frequency and Kyoto Level were found to be ineffective in predicting students'…
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Difficulty Level, Books, Surveys
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Hagley, Eric – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
Extensive graded reading (EGR) was carried out with a cohort of 600 engineering students in a university in northern Japan. Pre-and post-surveys were conducted to discover changes in the general reading habits of students, their attitudes toward the assessment method and how goals changed over the course of study. The first survey was carried out…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Engineering Education, Reading Instruction
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Hosoda, Masaya – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
This study explored the relation between second-language (L2) readers' memory for causal relations and their learning outcomes from expository text. Japanese students of English as a foreign language (EFL) with high and low L2 reading proficiency read an expository text. They completed a causal question and a problem-solving test as measures of…
Descriptors: Reading, English (Second Language), Memory, Reading Skills
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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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Harris, Shenika, Ed.; Bernales, Carolina, Ed.; Balmaceda, David, Ed.; Fang, Wei-Chieh, Ed.; Liu, Huan, Ed.; Dolosic, Haley, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2017
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…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Journal Articles, Periodicals
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Crossley, Scott A.; McNamara, Danielle S. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study uses a moving windows self-paced reading task to assess text comprehension of beginning and intermediate-level simplified texts and authentic texts by L2 learners engaged in a text-retelling task. Linear mixed effects (LME) models revealed statistically significant main effects for reading proficiency and text level on the number of…
Descriptors: Recall (Psychology), Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Reading Ability
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Gürses, Meral Özkan; Bouvet, Eric – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2016
This study aims to investigate the extent to which reading comprehension and learning styles are related to perceived use of reading strategies among students studying French at an Australian university and a Turkish university. Ninety-one participants completed a background questionnaire, the Survey of Reading Strategies, the Kolb Learning Style…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Cognitive Style, Reading Strategies
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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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