Thursday, March 10, 2011

Improving Reading Skills

I'm doing some informal research into how many hours of reading it would take the average adult learner to increase a reading level. The issue has come up in my TOEFL prep class in which all of the students want to be able to do well on the test, yet they are all coming into the class with different reading levels--some as low as 9th grade, I imagine. The target reading level of material on the TOEFL exam is between 13 and 14, which is the level that most college survey textbooks are written at.

This short article from gives reading advice for children, yet is equally appropriate for adults. I was happy to stumble upon this article and realize that I provide these strategies for my adult ESL students at the Berwyn Library and at LTHS as a normal part of instruction.

If you know where I can find some peer reviewed estimates of how many hours a person would have to read in order to increase a GLE (grade level equivalent) level, please let me know! Feel free to email me at