Reading in a Foreign Language    ISSN 1539-0578
Volume 19, Number 2, October 2007

From the Editors

We would like to call our readers’ attention to the Special Issue scheduled for October 2008, which features two related themes. The first theme of the October 2008 issue is Reading and Vocabulary, edited by Rob Waring. The second theme is Reading in Languages Other than English, edited by Cindy Brantmeier and Keiko Koda. Our goal is to encourage research involving languages and orthographies other than English. Please see the announcement.

We are very pleased to welcome Neil Anderson to RFL’s Editorial Board. Dr. Anderson, a professor at Brigham Young University, Provo, USA, is one of the leading figures in foreign language reading. Stepping down from the Board is Dr. Yuichi Watanabe. We would like to thank him for his service.

This issue completes the sixth year of RFL as a free, scholarly online journal. We are able to maintain the journal at no cost, thanks to the support of the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), the University of Hawai‘i College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and the University of Hawai‘i Department of Second Language Studies. Their continued funding is deeply appreciated.

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We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following external reviewers who have provided valuable comments on submitted manuscripts through mid-September 2007: Nobuhiko Akamatsu, Anthony Bruton, Thomas Cobb, Graham Crookes, Beatrice Dupuy, Pauline Foster, Carol A. Fraser, Marlise Horst, Guiling Hu, Debra Jared, Xiangying Jiang, Mohammad Hossein Keshavarz, James F. Lee, Marianne, Kouider Mokhtari, Amos Paran, Maria Pigada, Rachel Pinnow, Diana Pulido, Victoria Rodrigo, Steve Ross, Norbert Schmitt, Ravi Sheorey, Kendra Sun-Alperin, Etsuo Taguchi, Carolyn Walker, Jessica Williams, Patareeya Wisaijorn, Anson Yang, and Dolly Young.

We would also like to thank the following copy editors: Elisabeth L. Chan, Yue Guo, Nathan Johnson, Ann Johnstun, Myeong-hyeon Kim, Keiko Konoeda, Wenpei Long, Treela McKamey, Mar Galindo Merino, Samantha Ng, Elizabeth Pfaff, Castle Sinicrope, and Caroline Torres.

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


  • Takako Nishino presents the results of her case study of two young EFL learners beginning to read extensively. abstract | article | pdf
  • Victoria Rodrigo and her colleagues discuss how adult learners use an extensive reading library. abstract | article | pdf
  • Stuart Webb examines the effects of synonymy on vocabulary learning. abstract | article | pdf


  • Readings on L2 reading: Publications in other venues presents references through 2006-2007. feature | pdf


  • Karim Sadeghi reviews Literature in Language Teaching and Learning, edited by Amos Paran. review | pdf
  • Stephen Moore reviews The Social Construction of Literacy (2nd ed.), edited by Jenny Cook-Gumperz. review | pdf
  • Rachel Castleton reviews Teaching Strategic Reading 1: Building Effective Reading Skills, by Jack C. Richards and Samuela Eckstut-Didier. review | pdf
  • Jesús García Laborda reviews Teaching Reading Skills in a Foreign Language (3rd ed), by Christine Nuttall. review | pdf

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