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Developing reading skills on Internet

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Developing reading skills on Internet Internet and activities such as treasure hunts and webquests give us plenty of opportunities for improving reading skills in English. Reading is important as a foundation for building vocabulary and improving your other language skills. Being able to read fluently and accurately will help you learn new words and phrases, write better sentences and give you confidence in listening and speaking. What does it mean to be a good reader? Again, the keywords are fluent and accurate. Reading quickly is important because this helps you follow the overall story or message. Reading without mistakes is important for both the overall story/message and catching the details. Both of these subskills deserve our attention, but they are different kinds of practice. In the early stages, you may want to work on one at a time. One mistake at the early stages of learning a new language is trying to read material that is too difficult. Instead, we should choose material that we can mostly understand. Ideally, we should understand over 95% of what we are reading. With this kind of reading, we can make good guesses even if we don't understand a new word. We can continue reading without stopping to look up new words. Also, we should enjoy what we are reading. If we don't, reading will seem like a struggle and we will find ways to avoid it. When looking for reading material, think about the topics and kinds of stories you are most interested in. Hopefully, you will begin to enjoy reading and want to spend more time doing it in English. In internet there are plenty of opportunities to find stories that are easy to read and interesting. You should try your best to read all the way through a story or script, but don't be afraid to stop if it is too difficult or not interesting. Finally, we should read as much as possible. The positive effects of reading in English will increase with the amount of reading we do. You don't have to spend all of your time reading, but 20 or 30 minutes everyday will really pay off. BASIC READING TYPES 1. SKIMMING Skimming is used to quickly gather the most important information, or 'gist'. Run your eyes over the text, noting important information. Use skimming to quickly get up to speed on a current business situation. It's not essential to understand each word when skimming. 2. SCANNING Scanning is used to find a particular piece of information. Run your eyes over the text looking for the specific piece of information you need. Use scanning on schedules, meeting plans, etc. in order to find the specific details you require. If you see words or phrases that you don't understand, don't worry when scanning. 3. EXTENSIVE READING Extensive reading is used to obtain a general understanding of a subject and includes reading longer texts for pleasure, as well as business books. Use extensive reading skills to improve your general knowledge of business procedures. Do not worry if you don't understand each word. 4. INTENSIVE READING Intensive reading is used on shorter texts in order to extract specific information. It includes very close accurate reading for detail. Use intensive reading skills to grasp the details of a specific situation. In this case, it is important that you understand each word, number or fact.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 9 seconds
Country: Spain
Language: English
Producer: Manuel Pérez Gutiérrez
Director: Manuel Pérez Gutiérrez
Views: 317
Posted by: mapegu on Dec 18, 2008

Internet and activities such as treasure hunts and webquests give us plenty of opportunities for improving reading skills in English. Reading is important as a foundation for building vocabulary and improving your other language skills. Being able to read fluently and accurately will help you learn new words and phrases, write better sentences and give you confidence in listening and speaking.

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