Reading is a complex process that integrates numerous sub-skills, ranging from lower-order decoding skills to higher-order skills that integrate context and background knowledge into the comprehension process. Although reading instruction must aim to develop proficiency in higher-order skills, learners must automatize lower-order skills before they can access higher-order skills. I will briefly argue that commercial reading textbooks often neglect lower-order skills so it is important for classroom teachers to create supplementary tasks that address their students' needs. I will spend most of the presentation time demonstrating how to create simple supplementary reading tasks using typical word-processing software and other free or inexpensive tools available from the internet. The emphasis will be on "low-floor, high-ceiling" tasks that benefit low-proficiency learners through intensive mechanical practice, but provide higher-proficiency learners with extensive practice necessary to develop reading fluency.
Biography: Trevor Holster is a language instructor at Fukuoka University and is the Publication Chair of the JALT Testing and Evaluation SIG. He has taught English in Japan since 1996. His current research focus is on measuring the difficulty of extensive reading materials. Other research interests include vocabulary acquisition and testing, peer assessment, and speaking assessment.
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