Using Repeated Reading for Reading Fluency Development in a Small Japanese Foreign Language Program

Greta Gorsuch Griffee, Etsuo Taguchi, Koyuki Mitani

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Abstract

Repeated Reading (RR) is a simple yet useful method for learners to develop fluency in L2 reading. The method focuses on asking L2 learners to read 500-word easy texts multiple times with and without an audio model (an audio recording of the text). As learners meet the text repeatedly they automatize their lower-order comprehension processes thereby releasing attentional resources for higher-order comprehension. The effect is that learners read increasingly faster with better comprehension, without being pressured to read faster by means of teacher-imposed time limits, etc. Many RR studies have featured English L2 learners, while fewer studies have featured learners of other languages. The current report focused on 26 American college-level learners of Japanese who comprised three general ability groups ranging from mid-beginner to low intermediate. The report describes in detail the materials and procedures we used for this reading fluency program. This is rarely done, and we offer t
Original languageEnglish
JournalPedagogies: An International Journal
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StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

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