Reading is the process of comprehending a written text in order to acquire knowledge. We read in order to learn a language, and we exercise reading as a means of communication, sharing information, and exploring concepts and ideas. We read to educate ourselves, inform ourselves, we read for work and we read for pleasure. Reading is one of the essential activities when studying.
Reading is a complex process that requires concentration, devotion, and critical analysis, and demands continuous practice for it to progress and develop. It is a learned skill, so the sooner we are introduced to conscious and systematic reading, the easier it will be for us to advance and refine our reading skills. This way, reading can be a truly rewarding, satisfying, and a pleasurable experience in a number of ways.
Although, reading is not subject to any concrete laws, there is nevertheless a categorization, a distinction and differentiation of various strategies used by readers to serve their purpose. The Types of Reading presented in this study aim to assist English language learners in their effort to sharpen and focus their reading skills, as well as effectively improve their language skills.
As sometimes educational reading can be very demanding, we will also look into some tips that can hopefully make your reading more comfortable, productive, and beneficial to your relation with the language.
Types of Reading
Each type of reading should be used as a tool for completing language tasks that are used to enhance reading comprehension, together with specific information detection and absorption. In any case, a combination of two or more types of reading may be called for.
It is important to emphasize at this point that all the methods described are initiated for the purposes of creative reading towards expanding your fluency in the English language.
There are four different types of reading:
- Scan Reading (reading for specific information)
- Skimming (reading for gist)
- Intensive reading
- Extensive reading