Reading in a Foreign Language

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The October 2016 issue (Volume 28, Number 2) of the electronic journal Reading in a Foreign Language (RFL) is now online.

This issue of RFL begins as a special issue, “Celebrating Linguistically Diverse Learners of St. Louis: Responsive Research and Practice for Literacy,” edited by Cindy Brantmeier. It features three articles.

The first article, by Brevik, Olsen & Hellefkjaer, examines the timely and important topic of reading assessment with adolescents at the secondary level. Ultimately, the authors make a strong case for identifying poor readers so that language program design can include corresponding instruction to help all learners attain higher literacy levels. The second article, by Endley, examines proficiency levels and strategy use with 12 Arabic speakers studying English at a university. The last article, by Zhao, Guo, Biales and Olszewski, investigates several factors of individual learner differences as predictors of L2 incidental vocabulary acquisition.

In addition, there are two regular articles. In the first, Eun Young Jeon and Richard Day present their results of a meta-analysis of the impact of extensive reading on reading proficiency. This is followed by Kate Paesani’s report of her investigation of reading-writing connections to determine if these literacy practices facilitated students’ understanding and use of resources such as grammar, vocabulary, genre, and style.

Tianxu Chen reviews Second Language Reading: Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Perspectives. Then there is a special issue discussion piece by Elizabeth Thorne-Wallington. There are three regular discussion pieces, by Tom Cobb, Paul Nation, and Jeff McQuillan. This issue concludes with the valuable October feature, Readings on L2 reading: Publications in other venues 2015-2016. This is edited by Shenika Harris, Carolina Bernales, Gabriela Romero-Ghiretti, Haley Dolosic, Huan Liu, and Tracy Van Bishop.

RFL is a scholarly, refereed journal published on the World Wide Web by the University of Hawai`i, with Richard R. Day and Cindy Brantmeier as the co-editors, Thom Hudson as associate editor, and Xiangying Jiang, West Virginia University, as the reviews editor.

The journal is sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), the University of Hawaiʻi College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and the University of Hawaiʻi Department of Second Language Studies. The journal is a fully refereed journal with an editorial board of scholars in the field of foreign and second language reading. There is no subscription fee to readers of the journal. It is published twice a year, in April and October. Detailed information about Reading in a Foreign Language can be found at http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl.