Restricted Access Thesis
Reading with fluency is a critical component which must be developed in order to be a successful reader. Researchers have identified repeated reading as a strategy which has proven to be effective in improving reading fluency. Educators have explored variations of this strategy in efforts to ensure success for students. One of these involves the repeated singing of songs. When students sing the same song multiple times, they perform a repeated reading of the song lyrics. This study examined the effect that singing American folk songs in music class had on enhancing timing, stress, and intonation during reading. Results indicated that timing and stress showed improvement for second grade ESL students, but intonation did not. In addition, students' ability to transfer timing and stress skills to new reading material was limited.
Cooper, Candace Rose, "How does a music program affect the reading fluency of second grade ESL students?" (2011). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 439.