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ERIC Number: EJ1046937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
The Relations and Comparisons between Reading Comprehension and Reading Rate of Japanese High School EFL Learners
Fujita, Ken; Yamashita, Junko
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v14 n2 p34-49 Sep 2014
The current study investigated the relation and comparison of reading comprehension and reading rate in Japanese high school EFL learners. One hundred and forty-eight tenth-graders in a Japanese high school participated in this study. Results showed that the relation between reading comprehension and reading rate was weak, but significant (r = 0.24, p < 0.01, N = 127). Using cluster analysis, the participants were divided into four groups based on their scores: the low to middle-comprehension, low-rate group (LMCLR), the low-comprehension, the high comprehension, low-middle rate group (HCLMR), middle-rate group (LCMR), and the highcomprehension, high-rate group (HCHR). Results indicated that two in-between groups might exist before reaching full development of reading ability. It is suggested that reading rate can be improved independently from reading comprehension, but the two variables can compete in some students. Accordingly, students should be instructed how to read both accurately and quickly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan