background preloader

Reading Skills

Reading Skills
When you're a graduate people expect you to use a vocabulary which is wider than a school-leaver's. To expand your vocabulary: Choose a large dictionary rather than one which is ‘compact' or ‘concise'. You want one which is big enough to define words clearly and helpfully (around 1,500 pages is a good size). Avoid dictionaries which send you round in circles by just giving synonyms. A more comprehensive dictionary will tell you that impetuous means ‘rushing with force and violence', while another gives ‘liable to act without consideration', and add to your understanding by giving the derivation ‘14th century, from late Latin impetuous = violent'. It will tell you that rash means ‘acting without due consideration or thought', and is derived from Old High German rasc = hurried. So underlying these two similar words is the difference between violence and hurrying. Keep your dictionary at hand when you're studying. Improve your vocabulary by reading widely. Related:  Reading, literatureLässtrategierEstrategias de lectura

Part 1 - Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies to ELLs: Visualization and Making Connections I am reposting four blogs that I published a few months ago so that participants in the June 28th #ELLCHAT will be able to read them. Part One: Reading Comprehension Strategies for ELLs: Visualization and Making Connetions. I was reading a story with my 2st grade ESL class entitled The Doorbell Rang (Hutchins, 1989). I wanted to teach my students the reading comprehension strategy of visualizing what was happening as they read. When teachers in my school started exploring Reader’s Workshop and began to teach their students what good readers do, I immediately saw the application to teaching reading comprehension strategies to English language learners (ELLs). Visualizing what is happening in the story Good teachers teach students to visualize, to make pictures in their minds as they read.

Learning English - Home Teaching Reading Traditionally, the purpose of learning to read in a language has been to have access to the literature written in that language. In language instruction, reading materials have traditionally been chosen from literary texts that represent "higher" forms of culture. This approach assumes that students learn to read a language by studying its vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, not by actually reading it. In this approach, lower level learners read only sentences and paragraphs generated by textbook writers and instructors. The reading of authentic materials is limited to the works of great authors and reserved for upper level students who have developed the language skills needed to read them. The communicative approach to language teaching has given instructors a different understanding of the role of reading in the language classroom and the types of texts that can be used in instruction. Reading Purpose and Reading Comprehension Reading is an activity with a purpose.

IELTS Reading- Skimming and Scanning – IELTS Advantage Skimming and scanning are two of the most misunderstood and misused skills in the whole IELTS test. Most students think they know what they are and when to use them, but many use them incorrectly or innapropriately. In my Facebook group, lots of students ask how to improve their reading score and most of the time, other students simply state ‘Skimming and Scanning’. They are important, but this simplistic approach will not really help you. This is not the student’s fault; it is mostly down to poor advice from teachers and books. This article will look in detail at what they are and when to use them. Key IELTS Reading Skills Telling students that skimming and scanning are all you need to get a high score is wrong because there are not the only key reading skills. I would also say that vocabulary is an even more important skill. Let’s look at each of the skills in more detail. Skimming Why do we do this? Scanning Scanning is when you look for a particular word or phrase. Close Reading Skim Scan

Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension 1. Monitoring comprehension Students who are good at monitoring their comprehension know when they understand what they read and when they do not. They have strategies to "fix" problems in their understanding as the problems arise. Research shows that instruction, even in the early grades, can help students become better at monitoring their comprehension. Comprehension monitoring instruction teaches students to: Be aware of what they do understandIdentify what they do not understandUse appropriate strategies to resolve problems in comprehension 2. Metacognition can be defined as "thinking about thinking." Students may use several comprehension monitoring strategies: Identify where the difficulty occurs"I don't understand the second paragraph on page 76." 3. Graphic organizers illustrate concepts and relationships between concepts in a text or using diagrams. Regardless of the label, graphic organizers can help readers focus on concepts and how they are related to other concepts. 4. 5. 6.

Reading Comprehension Worksheets K12 - ESL - TOEFL - IELTS GrammarBank.com Menu Reading Comprehension WorksheetsTOEFL / SAT / GRE / IELTS Free Online Reading Comprehension Worksheets For ESL / SAT / GRE / TOEFL / K12 :Practice your reading skills and improve your English while learning new facts from interesting reading passages. See the different types of reading exercises in order of increasing difficulty. K12 / TOEFL / ESL / EFL Reading Passages 1-4. You are here: >> Home >> Reading Comprehension Worksheets Print exercises and lessons: Hint: For exercises, you can reveal the answers first ("Submit Worksheet") and print the page to have the exercise and the answers. Print This Page Home Grammar Beginners ESL For Kids Reading Skills Major Exams Writing & Vocab

Reading Context Clues Study Guide In this lesson, you'll discover that authors give clues in the text to help you understand what you read. You just have to be a word detective and find them! SOMETIMES AUTHORS NEEDor want to use words they know will be unknown by their readers. So authors slip in other words or phrases to help readers figure out the unknown ones. Definition He played the harpsichord, a piano-like musical instrument. Examples The largest group is arthropods, like spiders, insects, and lobsters. Restate to clarify She ran to the escarpment. Sometimes an author just wants readers to understand the context of a word, not necessarily the exact meaning. Dan was surprised that he hadn't won the election. Now you may not know exactly what implausible means, but you can get the idea that it's not good because Dan whines, so he's not happily surprised! Look for all kinds of context clues to help you as you read. Practice exercises for this study guide can be found at: Reading Context Clues Practice Exercises

Study Skills | Effective reading strategies Analytic reading involves reading in an active and systematic way so that you gain an understanding of what you are reading. Two approaches to understanding what you read are: the SQ3R technique thinking through reading. The SQ3R technique S - Survey Glance through the whole chapter, section, or article Read the introduction Read the headings and subheadings (How is the text organised?) Q - Question For each section ask: What is the main point? R1 - Read Begin to read the material section by section. Link the information with what you already know and use this to help evaluate the author’s statements. R2 - Recite After reading each section, recall the important points – say these aloud and write them down in the margins of the text. R3 - Review Look back over the whole chapter or article at the way the information fitted together and how it addressed each of your questions. Thinking through reading what does the writer say?

Related: