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ERIC Number: ED056830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 15
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Multi-Language Rapid Reading, or, The Tower of Babel Revisited.
McBride, Vearl G.
A total of 118 students were enrolled in the Multi-Language Rapid Reading Program, and by the end of 9 weeks they were able to read intermediate French and Spanish with rates up to 35,000 words per minute (w.p.m.) in Spanish and 25,000 w.p.m. in French. No student scored less than 750 w.p.m. in either language, with 65 percent the lowest comprehension score. The results of this program demonstrate that the teaching of foreign language can be speeded up considerably. Some experts insist that it is impossible for a person to see more than about an inch in print in one focus and that the maximum possible reading speed is therefore 800 to 900 w.p.m. However, these experts have limited their consideration of the direction of reading to that of left to right. They have not taken into consideration that there are many different ways of reading a page and many people can see entire paragraphs and pages at a glance. The amount of evidence pertaining to the positive results of various rapid learning programs should indicate to writers of textbooks in reading, mathematics, spelling, and foreign languages that new methods of learning should be outlined which will bring about greater learning at much faster rates. References are included. (AW)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 1971