Reading fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what you read, you must be able to read fluently whether you are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression.
What you can do to become a more fluent reader:
- Track the words with your finger as a parent or teacher reads a passage aloud. Then you read it.
- Have a parent or teacher read aloud to you. Then, match your voice to theirs.
- Read your favorite books and poems over and over again. Practice getting smoother and reading with expression.
- Listen to and follow along with audio recordings.
- Perform a "Reader's Theater" to a group.
- Do repeated reading, or echo someone's reading, or do choral reading.
- Practice "scooping" reading. In other words, read in phrases (like prepositional phrases). See the picture to the right.