Reading in a Foreign Language
Volume 17, Number 2, October 2005
ISSN 1539-0578

From the Editors

With this issue, we complete the fourth year of the Journal’s online existence, and we welcome you to this issue of Reading in a Foreign Language. We are pleased to announce that in this issue we begin a new feature entitled Readings on L2 Reading: Publications in other Venues, edited by Cindy Brantmeier. This feature includes basic information about articles of interest dealing with L2 reading that have been published in sources other than RFL during 2004-2005. The feature will appear in each Fall issue. We hope this is of service to our readers. Please let us know.

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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 for their valuable comments on manuscripts submitted between April 2005 and October 2005: J.D. Brown, Andrew Cohen, Margaret Dufon, Joann Hammadou, David Hill, Jeff McQuillan, Yoshiko Mori, David Qian, Rob Waring, Junko Yamashita, and Yu-Fen Yang.

And last but not least, we would like to extend our gratitude to the volunteer copyeditors who offered their assistance for this issue: Gerald Bullock, Valerie Guerin, and Jeffrey Hayden.

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

In This Issue


  • Susanne Rott reports on a study utilizing think-aloud protocols to explore vocabulary learning through differing instructional interventions. read abstract | article | pdf version
  • Myong Hee Ko also examines vocabulary comprehension and strategy use through a study of the effects of glosses in reading instruction read abstract | article | pdf version
  • Gillian Claridge explores the nature of text simplification in graded reading texts read abstract | article | pdf version


  • The inaugural issue of the feature Readings on L2 Reading: Publications in other Venues presents references through the 2004-2005 years. read feature | pdf version


  • Seyyed Abdolhamid Mirhosseini reviews Understanding Reading (6th ed.) by Frank Smith read review | pdf version
  • Kumiko Inutsuka reviews Teaching Reading to Adult Second Language Learners: Theoretical Foundations, Pedagogical Applications, and Current Issues by Meena Singhal read review | pdf version
  • Zafreen Jaffery reviews Teachers' Voices 8: Explicitly Supporting Reading and Writing in the Classroom by Anne Burns and Helen de Silva Joyce read review | pdf version
  • Jeannie Martin Blaker reviews Reading and Writing in More Than One Language: Lessons for Teachers by Elizabeth Franklin read review | pdf version
  • Howard Doyle reviews Stories: Narrative Activities in the Language Classroom by Ruth Wajnryb read review | pdf version

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