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Teaching and Researching: Reading

2nd Edition

By William Peter Grabe, Fredricka L. Stoller


344 pages

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Teaching and Researching Reading was first written to help language professionals understand the complex nature of reading. Now in a thoroughly updated and improved second edition, the book expands connections from research on reading to instructional practices and teacher-initiated action research. Offering an updated overview of reading theory, it summarises key ideas and issues in first and second language contexts.

In addition to providing insightful research analyses, Grabe and Stoller offer practical advice for practitioners and researchers, including evidence-based teaching ideas and a multi-step iterative process for conducting meaningful action research on reading-related topics. The volume outlines 29 projects for teacher adaptation and use, as well as numerous new or substantially expanded resource materials that can be used for both action research and classroom instruction.

Learning aids featured throughout the volume include

· key concept boxes and a glossary of key terms

· quote boxes highlighting critical issues in the field

· resource lists of relevant journals, books and websites

Fully revised throughout, with a range of new exemplary L1 and L2 research studies and an entirely new chapter on the move from research implications to instructional applications, this second edition of Teaching and Researching Listening is an invaluable resource for teacher trainers, practicing teachers, materials writers and researchers alike.


"This book functions as an excellent introduction to current theory on reading processing with a very welcomed emphasis on pedagogical application. Instead of the typical either-or (theory or practice) dilemma common to texts on reading research, the authors manage to effectively marry the two."

- Clay Williams, Assistant Professor, English for Academic Purposes Department, Akita International University.

LINGUIST. http://linguistlist.org/issues/22/22-4804.html. 02 Dec 2011.

Table of Contents


General Editors’ Preface

Authors’ Acknowledgements and Dedication

Publisher’s Acknowledgements


Section I: Understanding L2 reading

1 The nature of reading abilities

1.1 Purposes for reading

1.2 Defining fluent reading comprehension

1.3 Describing how reading works: Components of reading abilities

1.4 Synthesising research perspectives: Models of reading

1.5 Conclusion

2 Comparing L1 and L2 reading

2.1 Linguistic and processing differences between L1 and L2 readers

2.2 Individual and experiential differences between L1 and L2 readers

2.3 Socio-cultural and institutional differences influencing L1 and L2 reading development

2.4 Conclusion

Section II: Exploring research in reading

3 Key studies in L1 reading

3.1 Research studies as stories: An extended example

3.2 Ten more key research studies

3.3 Seeing the story structure of research studies

3.4 Conclusion

4 Key studies in L2 reading

4.1 Topics to explore in L2 reading research

4.2 Ten good stories from L2 reading research

4.3 Conclusion

Section III: Teaching reading using evidence-based practices

5 Teaching reading: Sound foundations and effective practices

5.1 Implications from reading research

5.2 Curricular principles for reading instruction

5.3 Moving from curricular principles to instructional applications

5.4 Conclusion

Section IV: Investigating reading through action research

6 The reading teacher as action researcher

6.1 Teachers investigating their own classrooms: ‘How to’ guidelines

6.2 Conclusion

7 Vocabulary, fluency and motivation: Action research projects

7.1 Vocabulary action research projects

7.2 Fluency action research projects

7.3 Motivation action research projects

7.4 Additional action research questions

7.5 Conclusion

8 Strategic reading, discourse organisation and main-idea comprehension: Action research projects

8.1 Strategic reading action research projects

8.2 Discourse organisation action research projects

8.3 Main-idea comprehension action research projects

8.4 Additional action research questions

8.5 Conclusion

9 Reading-lesson stages, reading materials and extensive reading: Action research projects

9.1 Reading-lesson stages action research projects

9.2 Reading materials action research projects

9.3 Extensive reading action research projects

9.4 Additional action research questions

9.5 Conclusion

Section V: Resources

10 Resources for action research

10.1 Journals dedicated to reading and related issues

10.2 Journals that report studies related to reading and reading-related topics

10.3 Journals that periodically have articles related to teaching (and researching) L2 reading

10.4 L2 teacher resource books on reading and related topics

10.5 L1 teacher resource books with good ideas for L2 reading teachers

10.6 Teacher resources on action research

10.7 Web sites on reading and vocabulary

10.8 Web sites on graphic organisers

10.9 Web sites on action research

10.10 Professional organisations of interest to reading teachers



Subject Index

Author Index

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General