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ERIC Number: EJ1228250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Using Narrow Reading to Develop Fluency
Redmer, Guy
English Teaching Forum, v57 n3 p30-32 2019
Most teachers who use textbooks know that they are restrictive by nature. Units jump from topic to topic without recycling much vocabulary. One effective solution to truly developing reading fluency in terms of word recognition may be Narrow Reading (NR)-- that is reading several texts about a single narrow topic. NR may involve reading five short texts about water pollution or constantly immersing oneself in articles about Asian cuisine. NR is championed by some as benefiting word recognition due to a decreased vocabulary load; that is because in NR, a core set of word items is recycled. Author Guy Redmer, teaches in Taiwan, and every year one of his university classes is made up of non-English majors. Based on what is known about NR to date, Redmer was inspired to try it as a supplement in an undergraduate English as a foreign language (EFL) course. He decided to do NR with this group, using running news stories and have them record reading speed as well as answer comprehension questions. This article describes the procedure, teacher preparation, and results that were experienced using this method, and some lessons learned by the author.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan