Reading in a Foreign Language
Volume 17, Number 1, April 2005
ISSN 1539-0578

From the Editors

Welcome to this issue of Reading in a Foreign Language. We are pleased to announce that with next fall's issue, we will begin a new feature entitled Readings on L2 Reading: Publications in other Venues. This section will include basic information about articles of interest dealing with L2 reading that have been published in sources other than RFL. The editor of this section will be Dr. Cindy Brantmeier of Washington University in St. Louis. For more information, please read the description. We hope it will be of service to many of our readers.

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RFL acknowledges the support of the National Foreign Language Resource Center and and the Department of Second Language Studies, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, University of Hawai`i. Their generosity is deeply appreciated.

We would like to thank the members of the Editorial Board for their work with this volume. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following external reviewers who have provided valuable comments on submitted manuscripts between April 2004 and March 2005: Neil Anderson, Cindy Brantmeier, J. D. Brown, Nathan Carr, Averil Coxhead, Alister Cumming, Beatrice Dupuy, Keith Folse, Roderick Gammon, Peter Groot, Jeffrey Hayden, Mark James, Stephen Krashen, Angela Loo, Alan Maley, Paul Meara, Siwon Park, David Qian, John Read, Thomas Robb, Steve Ross, Susanne Rott, Susan Stern, Richard Schmidt, Jean Turner, Rob Waring, and Junko Yamashita.

And last but not least, we would like to extend our gratitude to the volunteer copyeditors who offered their assistance for this issue: Valerie Guerin, John William Rylander, Kathryn Wheeler.

We hope that you find this issue of RFL interesting and useful. We would like to have your feedback to the articles; please feel free to contact us with your reactions, comments and suggestions.

In This Issue

  • Kiyomi Chujo and Masao Utiyama examine how vocabulary size, text length, and sample size affect text coverage. read abstract | article | pdf version
  • Alan Hunt and David Beglar review second language reading vocabulary research and propose a framework to help EFL teachers speed up lexical development. read abstract | article | pdf version
  • Richard Day and Jeong-suk Park present different types of comprehension and the types of reading comprehension questions in order to assist teachers and materials writers. read abstract | article | pdf version
  • Averil Coxhead reviews Reading Skills for Success: A Guide to Academic Texts by Thomas A. Upton. read review | pdf version
  • Paul Harvey reviews Early Reading Instruction: What Science Really Tells Us about How to Teach Reading by Dianne McGuinness. read review | pdf version
  • Reiko Komiyama reviews Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction: Engaging Classrooms, Lifelong Learners by Emily Anderson Swan. read review | pdf version
  • Patricia Carrell presents the first review of Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language by Julian Bamford and Richard Day. read review | pdf version
  • Amos Paran presents the second review of Bamford and Day's book read review | pdf version

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