Fluency is as an essential element of every reading program (National Reading Panel, 2000) along with phonemic awareness, phonics, and vocabulary instruction. In order to comprehend fully what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading silently or aloud. Fluent reading, a characteristic of a good reader, is the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. Without accurate reading, students will not have access to the author’s intended meaning and could misinterpret text, while slow reading impairs a student’s capacity to construct an ongoing interpretation of the passage. Poor prosody (or the appropriate use of phrasing and expression) can lead to confusion through inappropriate applications of expression or grouping of words. In this course, you will be introduced to strategies to teach students to read more fluently, to assess their fluency, and to design a program for fluency that blends well into your overall literacy program. You will also explore some strategies for helping English Language Learners achieve fluency. As a final project, you will create a portfolio of resources for students and design one fluency lesson plan.
 Definition taken from http://www.prel.org/products/re_/assessing-fluency.htm