Syntactically cued text facilitates oral reading fluency in developing readers

  title={Syntactically cued text facilitates oral reading fluency in developing readers},
  author={Valerie Marciarille Levasseur and Paul Macaruso and Laura Conway Palumbo and Donald Shankweiler},
  journal={Applied Psycholinguistics},
  pages={423 - 445}
Can fluency in oral reading be facilitated by formatting text to preserve major syntactic boundaries? Seven-, 8-, and 9-year-old children read aloud passages under two text format conditions. In the structure-preserving condition, the ends of lines coincided with ends of clauses; in the phrase-disrupting condition, line breaks always interrupted a phrasal unit. Experiment 1 showed that oral reading fluency, as indexed by skill in phrasal reading, was rated higher when children were reading in… 

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