Capstone/Dissertation Title

The effects of fluency instruction on the reading pace, accuracy, and expression of 6th grade English language learners

Term

2008

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Abstract

This capstone seeks to address the effects of a fluency instructional period on the reading pace, accuracy, and expression of 6th grade English language learners. This study documents the findings of a four week qualitative study using five students who speak English as a second language. The students engaged in six different fluency building strategies in an effort to improve their reading fluency. The repeated reading strategy was woven throughout the four week period as a way of isolating reading pace and accuracy. Five additional fluency building strategies were used to affect students' reading expression. The author concluded that reading fluency improves with direct fluency instruction and can engage students. However, comprehension should be linked to fluency instruction to maximize impact on student learning. Student surveys confirmed that fluency instruction can be motivating and effective.

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