Last week I had the pleasure of delivering a presentation on reading skills as part of an EALD teachers’ professional development afternoon, in part arguing that improving the reading speeds of learners is perhaps the most critical skill development for improved reading and for building reading habits.


For those of you who participated, I would love to hear of your responses to the presentation, and in particular whether you are going to work on improving the reading speeds of your students.


For other readers of this post, it would be very good to hear from you on this topic.


As promised, I have listed some papers and resources on this issue.



1. Why Teachers Should Use Timed Reading in ESL Classes (Jeremy Browning)

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IX, No. 6, June 2003

2. Does extensive reading promote reading speed? (Mu He)

The Reading Matrix © 2014 Volume 14, Number 1, April 2014

3. L2 Proficiency and L2 Reading: Consolidating the Linguistic Threshold Hypothesis

Yanping Cui, University of Victoria

4. Reading out loud (The British Council - James Houltby, Teacher, British Council, Portugal)


5. Using Choral Reading to Promote Language Learning for ESL Students

Joyce K. McCauley and Daniel S. McCauley

The Reading Teacher

Vol. 45, No. 7 (Mar., 1992), pp. 526-533


6. Practical Faster Reading (Mossberg and Mossberg)

This is an old text, but it is a great starting point for understanding ideas on faster reading skills. It is available in PDF form on the internet.

7. Speed Reading Activity for a Whole Class (By Jana Moore & Dan Ferreira)



These resources are just some of many. Hopefully, they are a starting point for teachers interested in developing the reading skills of their learners.


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