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Using Extensive Reading in Improving Reading Speed and Level of Reading Comprehension of Students

In the Philippines, English may be considered as the second language, but students may still be struggling to cope with learning to read; something that even authorities admit even though students’ reading aptitude in public elementary and high schools, for years, has been measured using intensive reading. In search for alternative reading approach to get children interested in reading, the researchers tried Extensive Reading (ER) which has been promoted to be the best way to improve language proficiency of the second language learners. Using the one-group pretest-posttest method, the study involved ten children residing in a local barangay (the smallest administrative division in the Philippines) in Manila who were initially diagnosed as frustrated readers. The participants were allowed to choose the reading materials based following their graded reading level, and they were given an assessment each time they have completed their reading. After the ten-week sessions, remarkable changes in the reading performance of the children were found in their reading performance both in speed and comprehension. The positive results of this experiment served as a strong basis for an extension activity to continue monitoring the reading performance of the children participants in the said barangay.


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