Date of Award

7-30-2007

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Anita McClain

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to examine the use of supplemental fluency instruction with English language learners (ELLs). In the Report of the National Reading Panel (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD], 2000), fluency was determined to be one of the critical factors needed for comprehension. The report findings showed that even though it is considered to be a critical factor for successful readers, the teaching of the skill is often neglected in the classroom. This study looked for changes to ELL students' overall reading performance after they participated in a supplemental reading program that focused on fluency. (For the purposes of this study, supplemental means "in addition to" any regular reading instruction, ELL instruction or special needs instruction that the students are currently receiving.)

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