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Scaffolding in L2 reading: How repetition and an auditory model help readers

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Title:Scaffolding in L2 reading: How repetition and an auditory model help readers
Authors:Taguchi, Etsuo
Gorsuch, Greta J.
Lems, Kristin
Rosszell, Rory
Keywords:reading fluency
repeated reading
extensive reading
L2 reading
Date Issued:Apr 2016
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:Reading fluency research and practice have recently undergone some changes. While past studies and interventions focused on reading speed as their main goal, now more emphasis is being placed on exploring the role prosody plays in reading, and how listening to an audio model of a text while reading may act as a form of scaffolding, or aid, to reading comprehension. This article explores how two elements unique to repeated reading (RR) practices likely provide scaffolding for L2 learners’ reading comprehension: repetitions in reading a text, and having learners read along with an audio model of the text. Scaffolding is an oft-used term in L2 education, but specific examples of it are seldom given. This article addresses scaffolding and suggests future research that can impact reading fluency intervention practices.
Appears in Collections: Volume 28, No. 1

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