ERIC Number: ED434534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-9
SSR: An Old Practice in an ESL Context.
Schiavone, Janet Page
The discussion of sustained silent reading (SSR), an independent reading technique commonly used to support native language literacy development, recommends the method in the teaching of English as a second language (ESL). It is argued that because SSR materials are self-selected, they are likely to be selected at an appropriate comprehension level and read with an open attitude. Successful implementation of SSR has several elements: access to books; appealing choice of books; quiet, comfortable surroundings conducive to pleasurable reading; encouragement, including teacher modeling; regular time set aside for reading; and lack of requirements for book reports, logs, or oral retelling that could inhibit student motivation. Tips for teachers to use in beginning and sustaining a SSR program are outlined. Contains 6 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Learning Theories, Media Selection, Positive Reinforcement, Reading Materials, Role Models, Second Language Instruction, Student Interests, Sustained Silent Reading, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (33rd, New York, NY, March 9-13, 1999).