VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2019

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Exploring Learners’ Reflections on Speed Reading Strategies for Enhancing English Reading Comprehension at High School
Tran Van Phuoc, Phan Anh Dung

Building: B
Room: B401
Date: 2019-10-11 03:25 PM – 03:55 PM
Last modified: 2019-09-19

Abstract


Reading skill can be considered as the foundation for Vietnamese young learners of EFL to further explore various areas of English for themselves. However, the tenth-grade learners at Asian Pacific College School in Gia Lai Province seem not to be proficient in reading skill in terms of vocabulary, reading rates and time allocation. This presentation aims to analyze learners’ reflections on the application of English speed reading courses. An experimental method was firstly implemented through administering reading practice tests to a 20-learners experimental group and a 20-learner control group. Later, after test scoring, the experimental group was treated by a 15-week speed reading trained course. Then, a 16-questions questionnaire for reflection was delivered to the experimental group. Lastly, based on the data collected from learners’ written feedbacks to the questionnaire, qualitative analysis was implemented thoroughly. The findings show that 100% of the learners had positive reflections toward the application of speed reading strategies. They pointed out that it was speed reading strategies that did not only improve their reading speed, confidence and motivation but forced them to concentrate better on doing comprehension questions as well. In spite of side effects as determining factors contributing to learners’ reading outcomes, the result of the study suggests that it is necessary for learners to apply speed reading strategies. It is suggested that speed reading strategies can be considered as a strategic choice at all English classes at the beginning of secondary school life and hence, should be prioritized and maintained.