Follow the suggestions below to improve your general reading skills:
1, Read more. Take every opportunity to read.
Read for pleasure. Choose topics that you enjoy and materials that are not too difficult.
Develop a habit of reading in English every day.
Read tables of content, chapter headings or summaries to get an overall idea of the book or text. Select chapters or parts of chapters for intensive reading for meaning.
Read lecture notes or presentation materials to understand the main points and identify linking expressions such as “However, the most important factor” or “The next section elaborates ….”
Try to answer comprehension questions for reading passages in online English language courses and textbooks. Use the answer keys provided to check your answers.
Take an online or classroom-based reading course. This will allow you to get reading practice that is tailored to your proficiency level and needs.
Build your vocabulary.
Note words or expressions that you find useful during the reading process, and look up their meanings in a dictionary when necessary.
Develop a habit of noting definitions of words from the dictionary; including different parts of speech when necessary. For example, make a note of the difference between “diverge” and “divergence: or “critic” and “critical.”
Use a thesaurus to find synonyms for familiar or unfamiliar words that you read. This will increase your range of expression. Check synonyms in a dictionary to understand their
Expand and consolidate your knowledge of the words used frequently in academic texts.You may refer to Longman Exams Dictionary for a list of academic words as well as lists of the most frequent words categorized by topic.
>Read for pleasure.
Do not interrupt your reading to look up words in a dictionary. Note u if you wish to check them later. Guess the meanings of words from the context, or sinThrh,- carry on reading. Remember that even native speakers of English do not understand ‘ ‘ every word they read.
Do not continue any reading material you are not enjoying. Change what you are reading.
Build your reading fluency. Read fast so that you can follow the reading material in general A general guideline for fast reading is to move your eyes over the text so quickly that you cannot comfortably pronounce the words as you read.
> Read for information.
Read the text quickly to determine the type of text and to find the title, section headings, table of contents or abstract. These provide clues to the content and structure of the text.
Read through the first two or three paragraphs to get a better idea of the topic and to discover the writer’s point of view.
Read for main points and items of interest. Note the way in which the discussion or argument is developed. For example, is there a main point followed by examples? Are there arguments for or against a proposal? Does the writer use a past, present, or future time frame?
Respond to comprehension questions.
Read the text quickly first, as described above in “Read for information?’
Read the questions quickly to get an idea of what you are required to look for. Some questions may ask for specific information, identification of the gist, or attitudes and points of view. Some questions may ask for understanding of what a word or expression refers to elsewhere in the text. For example, “What does ‘this’ in line 12 refer to?” Some questions may ask for the meanings of words and expressions in the text
Read each question again carefully to ensure that you understand what is being asked. Then skim the text to find the answer.