The Use of Timed Reading Technique to Improve Vietnamese Non – English Majored Students’ Reading Speed and Comprehension
The research investigated the effects of timed reading activity on improving students’ reading speed and comprehension. An experimental research project was conducted with participants were fifty first year students at Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Administration. Participants were divided into 3 groups which are fast reader, medium reader and slow reader basing on their reading speed analyzed by the results of a pretest. The reading activity included two stages, correspondingly, the former ranging within 3 weeks covers conventional reading activity while the latter which lasted for 8 weeks dealt with timed reading intervention. In this study, a pretest, posttest and a reading rate chart were utilized to measure the students’ reading rate and comprehension. The results of the study show that both students’ reading speed and comprehension remarkably increased after having timed reading intervention. The fast reader had their highest reading rate and comprehension score among the three groups.
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