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ERIC Number: EJ791535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 68
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
Developing Reading Fluency: A Study of Extensive Reading in EFL
Iwahori, Yurika
Reading in a Foreign Language, v20 n1 p70-91 Apr 2008
Due to the great interest of practitioners on reading fluency in first language (L1) and second language (L2) English classroom settings, fluency has become a hot topic. A number of studies have suggested that an extensive reading (ER) program can lead to improvement of L2 learners' reading rate; however, studies about high school students are scarce. Inspired by current issues in reading and previous ER investigations, this study examined the effectiveness of ER on reading rates of high school students in Japan. In this study, students were provided with graded readers and comic books as reading material they would find enjoyable. Pretests and posttests of reading rate and language proficiency were administered and a t test was used to compare means of the rates and language proficiency within groups. Results indicate that ER is an effective approach to improve students' rate and general language proficiency. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 10 notes.)
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: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A