Cultivating Real Readers

This second collection of articles from the General Education Division at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the UAE explores how Arabic-speaking students can be supported to improve their reading abilities in English.

Featuring contributions not only from HCT faculty but also from faculty at other higher education establishments in the UAE, this volume brings together relevant research findings on reading and presents a number of approaches already being used to enhance the acquisition of better reading skills by students in English medium education. Articles will be of interest to all those expecting their Arabic-speaking students to be able to learn from texts written in English.

Articles

Introduction: Cultivating Real Readers

It may seem strange to devote an entire volume to one skill for students from one region. Have there not …


Word Recognition, Psycholinguistics and Teaching Second Language Reading

Approaches to the teaching of reading over the last thirty years have been couched within a general information processing framework …


L1 Reading Habits of Young Emirati Women from the East Coast

“The Arab Reader is Dead!” proclaimed a life-size gravestone above a mock grave at the Beirut International Book Fair a …


Becoming Readers: Our Stories

There is a widely held belief that Arabs do not read for leisure (Al-Huwaider, 2003; Al Sayegh, 2007). A prominent …


Reading in the Gulf: Is it time for a re-focus?

In this article I would like make the case that many Gulf Arab college students have a significant ‘deficit’ in …


Key Findings from Research and Implications for the Classroom

Students from the Arabian Gulf often lack the habit of reading (Kandil, 2001; Shannon, 2003). Although some refer to this …


Ten Essential Elements for Reading Programs in Arabic L1 Contexts

‘Teaching reading’ may be viewed in some contexts as a series of intensive reading lessons focusing on ‘text attack’ skills, …


Creating a Culture of Reading – Reading Circles and Class Libraries: Getting our Students to Read

This paper will describe, with reference to the salient literature, two initiatives implemented at an Emirati tertiary institution which, it …


Social Networking and Reading: A Learning Centre Initiative

Historically, reading has always been our students’ weakest skill in English at Dubai Men’s College (DMC) and across the Higher …


To What Extent Can Graded Readers Motivate Emirati Students to Become Extensive Readers? A Case Study at Abu Dhabi Men’s College

This study begins by discussing some of the reasons why Emirati students have difficulties when reading in English. It then …


Establishing an L2 Reading Motivation Framework for Tertiary Education

Motivation is very important for student success in a reading programme. This small scaleaction research project investigated how an L1 …


World Knowledge or Word Knowledge: The Influence of Content Schemata on the Formal Assessment of Reading Skills

In a perfect world, we would like the assessment of our students’ L2 English language ability not only to be …


Hidden Dyslexia in Second Language Learners: A Case Study

Under the best of circumstances, learning a second language is not an easy task, particularlygiven challenges of large class sizes, …


Intervention Strategies: Students at Risk

Al Ain Women’s College (AAWC), which is part of a system of colleges known as the HigherColleges of Technology (HCT) …


Building on the Foundations of Literacy: Engaging ESL Students in Reading Across the Curriculum

This article will discuss how ESL learners may be engaged in reading across the curriculum through utilizing the foundations of …