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Commander, Millie; de Guerrero, Maria C. M. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Unlike research in reading which focuses on data from individuals reading independently, this study identified second language (L2) college students' reading processes that occurred within dyadic peer interactions during shadow-reading, a collaborative procedure based on repetition and summarizing. Also, written retellings (immediate and delayed)…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, College Students, Reading Processes
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Kirchhoff, Cheryl – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Among foreign language educators interest in extensive reading is growing along with questions about learner motivation to read. Maintaining learner motivation over long periods of time is influenced by many variables suggesting that multiple means of stimulating motivation is needed. The psychological theory of flow has been suggested to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Processes, Reading Motivation
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Ro, Eunseok – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Extensive reading is gaining credibility as an effective way of boosting students' affect especially in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context where access to a second language (L2) input is minimal. This study uses a pattern-matching, single case study research design to examine an adult reader's motivation and anxiety shifts towards…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Reading Motivation, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Robb, Thomas; Kano, Makimi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
We report on a large-scale implementation of extensive reading (ER) in a university setting in Japan where all students were required to read outside class time as part of their course requirement. A pre/posttest comparison between the 2009 cohort of students who read outside of class and the 2008 cohort who did no outside reading shows that the…
Descriptors: Recreational Reading, Foreign Countries, Pretests Posttests, College Students
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Yamashita, Junko – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
Extensive reading (ER) is an instructional option steadily gaining support and recognition in second language (L2) reading pedagogy. Even though many attempts have been made to unravel the impact of ER on L2 development, there is a paucity of investigation into the affective domains of reading. The current study helps fill this gap by examining…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Attitudes, Likert Scales, Questionnaires
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Tabata-Sandom, Mitsue – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
This paper reports on two projects which investigated graded readers (GRs) as meaningful input for learners of Japanese as a foreign language (JFL). Project One examined the intentions of six writers of Japanese GRs. A focus group interview demonstrated that the writers had a genuine communicative intent in the writing process. Project Two…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, Japanese, Second Language Instruction
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Brantmeier, Cindy, Ed.; Van Bishop, Tracy, Ed.; Yu, Xiucheng, Ed.; Davis, Stacy, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2013
This feature offers an archive of articles and books published in other venues during the past year and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" ("RFL"). It deals with any topic within the scope of "RFL" and second language reading. The articles are listed in alphabetical order, each…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Reading Processes, Reading Research
Takeuchi, Osamu; Ikeda, Maiko; Mizumoto, Atsushi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
In this paper, we validate Macaro's (2006) model of strategy use among language learners by assessing the amount of neural activity around the prefrontal cortex, the supposed locus of working memory (WM). We also examine whether WM activation during first language (L1) strategy deployment is lower than WM activation during second language (L2)…
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Second Language Learning, Short Term Memory, Brain Hemisphere Functions
Comer, William J. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This study describes how intermediate-level first language English readers of Russian as a second language deploy lexical inferencing and other strategies when reading informational texts. Fifth-semester students of Russian performed think-alouds while reading two texts; one written for the general adult reader, and the other meant for school-age…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Protocol Analysis, Russian, Inferences
Brantmeier, Cindy, Ed.; Van Bishop, Tracy, Ed.; Yu, Xiucheng, Ed.; Anderson, Britta, Ed. – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This feature offers an archive of articles and books published in other venues during the past year and serves as a valuable tool to readers of "Reading in a Foreign Language" ("RFL") treating topics within the scope of "RFL" and second language reading. The articles are listed in alphabetical order by author, each with a complete reference as…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Lists, Content Area Reading, Second Languages
Claridge, Gillian – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
Publishing graded readers is big business, but there is evidence that the texts themselves are not being read in sufficient quantity to improve language proficiency. This article reports on a study of graded readers, focusing on interviews with some major publishers of graded readers, to investigate their production rationales. The findings…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Basal Reading, Publishing Industry
Brantmeier, Cindy; Callender, Aimee; Yu, Xiucheng; McDaniel, Mark – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
The present study utilizes texts from social psychology to examine the effects of textual enhancements on reading comprehension with 185 native adult Chinese speakers learning English in China. Participants read two different vignettes, either with or without an adjunct. Each adjunct consisted of a "what" question along with instructions…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Vignettes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
Jeon, Eun Hee – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This study investigated the role of oral reading fluency in second language reading. Two hundred and fifty-five high school students in South Korea were assessed on three oral reading fluency (ORF) variables and six other reading predictors. The relationship between ORF and other reading predictors was examined through an exploratory factor…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Reading Fluency
Alhaqbani, Ahmad; Riazi, Mehdi – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This paper reports a study that investigated university students' awareness of their reading strategy use when they read Arabic academic texts. One hundred and twenty-two undergraduate L2 Arabic students mostly from Africa and Asia completed a 30-item survey of reading strategies. Results indicated that these students perceived problem-solving…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Foreign Countries, Problem Solving, College Students
Yoshida, Mami – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
This study was an investigation of how particular processing tasks influence L2 reading in relation to text type effects and L2 reading proficiency. Two groups of Japanese university EFL students (N = 103), varying in English reading proficiency, read a narrative passage and an expository passage in one of three task conditions: outlining,…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Content Analysis, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency
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