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ERIC Number: EJ1044344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
Reading Rate Gains during a One-Semester Extensive Reading Course
Huffman, Jeffrey
Reading in a Foreign Language, v26 n2 p17-33 Oct 2014
Extensive reading (ER) is an effective way to provide large amounts of comprehensible input to foreign language learners, but many teachers and administrators remain unconvinced, and it has been argued that there is still insufficient evidence to support the claims that have been made regarding its benefits. Few studies have looked at ER's effect on reading fluency. This article reports on an investigation of the reading rate gains of Japanese nursing college freshmen during a one-semester ER course, with students in an intensive reading (IR) course serving as the comparison group (N = 66). The ER group achieved significantly higher reading rate gains (20.73 wpm) than the IR group (-0.62 wpm), without sacrificing comprehension. These results add to a growing body of empirical evidence of the effectiveness of ER.
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail: readfl@hawaii.edu; Web site: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan