ERIC Number: ED388107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-24
Sustained Silent Reading: Implementation in the LEP Classroom Based on Research Results.
A discussion of the use of sustained silent reading (SSR) to improve the reading skills and enjoyment of limited-English-proficient (LEP) students reviews studies on the effects of SSR in both first- and second-language contexts and offers suggestions for its classroom use. Some of the research looks at the effect of the technique on attitudes toward reading, some focuses on the effect on aptitude, and some addresses both issues. It is concluded that SSR has a positive effect on readers, resulting in substantial increases in both aptitude and positive attitudes toward reading, and the method is recommended as an easy and economical classroom approach. Considerations in using SSR are examined, including the training and classroom participation of the teacher, selection of varied and culturally familiar reading materials, display of the materials for students, appropriate scheduling of an SSR period, development of guidelines for students, and followup discussions with students. Some modifications for low-level or slow readers are also suggested. Contains a 21-item bibliography. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Sunshine State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Jacksonville, FL, 1995).