The Effect of Assisted RR on Fluency and Comprehension in Chinese FL Classrooms
Keywords: assisted repeated reading; extensive reading; fluency; comprehension
Huifen Chen and Ding Ying
Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China
Huifen Chen holds a Master s Degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sheffield of UK. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, China. Her research interests are in foreign language teaching and learning, language testing and pragmatics.
Ding Ying has a Master s degree in Applied Linguistics from Nanjing Normal University. She recently visited the Catholic University of America as a visiting scholar. As a Lecturer in the Department of English Language, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, she has interest in English teaching and learning.
Assisted Repeated Reading has been found effective for enhancing reading fluency in FL classrooms elsewhere outside China. The present study attempts to look into the effectiveness of the newly introduced treatment in improving the reading fluency and comprehension of Chinese College English students. We compared the Assisted RR treatment altered according to the Chinese College English classroom background with the ER (extensive reading) treatment widely practiced in Chinese FL classroom on a 25-session-experiment basis. The results show it has significantly increased our learners reading rate and comprehension.