When reading authentic texts, intermediate-level students face many problems (lack of vocabulary, difficulties with word order and syntax, unfamiliar target language discourse practices) that can significantly impede their comprehension. Intermediate-level students of Russian read two newspaper articles online, where they could click on any word and receive a contextual gloss. Before receiving the guess, they had to guess the meaning of the word and give a reason for their guess. The data reveal interesting patterns in student reading strategies as well as patterns of misreading.
Comer, William J., L. Keefe. "How do Džon and Džein Read Russian? On-Line Vocabulary and its Place in the Reading Process.” in The Learning and Teaching of Slavic Languages and Cultures, ed. O. Kagan and B. Rifkin. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2000. 311-25.