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Improving reading rates and comprehension through timed repeated reading

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Title:Improving reading rates and comprehension through timed repeated reading
Authors:Chang, Anna C-S
Millett, Sonia
Keywords:reading fluency
repeated reading
timed reading
reading rate
reading speed
Date Issued:Oct 2013
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:Thirteen English as a foreign language students read 26 passages during a 13-week period. Each passage was read five times, and students answered comprehension questions after the first and the fifth reading. Another 13 students read the same number of passages but without repetition and only answered the comprehension questions once. All students were tested based on two practiced texts and one unpracticed text before and after the intervention. The results of reading rates showed that the repeated reading students increased 47 words and 45 words per minute in the practiced and unpracticed texts respectively, but the non-repeated students increased 13 and 7 words only. The comprehension levels of the repeated reading students improved 19% and 17% for the practiced and unpracticed texts, but this was 5% and 3% for the non-repeated reading students. Possible reasons for the higher gains compared to previous studies are discussed.
Appears in Collections: Volume 25, No. 2

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