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Speed reading courses and their effect on reading authentic texts: A preliminary investigation

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Title:Speed reading courses and their effect on reading authentic texts: A preliminary investigation
Authors:Macalister, John
Keywords:reading speed
reading rate
reading fluency
speed reading
reading fluency development
Date Issued:Apr 2010
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:Fluent reading is essential for successful comprehension. One dimension of reading fluency is reading rate, or reading speed. Because of the importance of reading fluency, fluency development activities should be incorporated into classroom practice. One activity that meets the fluency development conditions proposed by Nation (2007) is speed reading. An important question is whether reading speed gains measured in words per minute on controlled speed reading texts transfer to other types of texts. This paper reports on a preliminary, small-scale investigation of this question. The findings suggest that a speed reading course may contribute to faster reading speeds on other types of texts, but there remains a need for further experimental research into the impact of speed reading courses.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/66649
ISSN:1539-0578
DOI:10125/66649
Volume:22
Issue/Number:1
Appears in Collections: Volume 22, No. 1 Special Issue: In Honor of Paul Nation


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