ERIC Number: ED336590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Oral Reading in Mentally Handicapped Adults through Increased Opportunity and Practice.
Gillette, Tracy L.
A project developed a plan to improve oral reading in 12 mentally handicapped adults by stressing observation of punctuation marks, reading in phrases, using proper volume, and increasing confidence levels. Identifying the parts of a book and identifying new words were also included. The 12 students were reading below their potential, as shown by the hearing capacity portion in comparison with the work recognition instructional level on the Silvaroli Classroom Inventory. A 10-week oral reading program of specialized instruction to improve oral reading, to increase word identification skills, and to make the students aware of book orientation was started. The oral reading program objectives were to be achieved through echo reading, modified repeated reading, imitative and assisted reading, book orientation, and content reading--including study systems. Evaluation was made by comparing student scores before and after implementation of the program; scores increased from 20 percent to 100 percent. Students in the target group developed confidence, displayed more fluent oral reading, and seemed to enjoy oral reading more. They also developed greater interest in books, increased understanding of books, and increased their vocabulary for greater reading fluency. (Appendixes include pretests/posttests, student checklists, student surveys, and interest inventories.) There are 19 references. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Silvaroli Classroom Reading Inventory
Note: Practicum report, Nova University.