ERIC Number: ED208360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Three Approaches to Teaching College Reading Skills.
Whittaker, Jeweleane W.
Three techniques for teaching effective reading--using students' textbooks, reading modules, and individual instructional packets--have proven successful in reducing reading time while improving comprehension skills for students in a reading and study skills course at a Texas university. Students assigned to the course use their content area textbooks and are taught an amplified version of the SQ3R system of study. This system, based on the acronym FAIRER (scan for Facts, Ask questions; Identify details as major or minor, Read the work as a whole, Evaluate comprehension, and Review by summarizing each subheading), helps students develop speed and comprehension simultaneously. The reading module activities provide students with a pretest, instructional activities, and a posttest and are designed to permit students a degree of success immediately. The module topics are as follows: (1) environmental study controls, (2) listening and taking notes, (3) vocabulary development, (4) study techniques, (5) topic sentences and main ideas, (6) library skills, and (7) reading the novel. Individual instructional packets contain exercises in the area of a student's greatest weakness, as indicated by diagnostic tests. Each student is expected to spend a minimum of 30 hours on the exercises, under the supervision of the instructor. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (14th, Dallas, TX, April 9-12, 1981).