Reading is the process of comprehending a written text in order to acquire knowledge and receive information. We read in order to learn a language, and we practice and exercise reading as a means of communication, sharing information, and exploring concepts and ideas. We read to educate and inform ourselves, we read for work and we read for pleasure. Reading is one of the most essential and required activities when studying, attending classes and working.
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 you are introduced to conscious and systematic reading, the easier it will be to advance and refine your reading skills.
Although reading is not subject to any concrete laws, there is nevertheless a distinction and differentiation of various methods used by readers to serve their purpose. The Types of Reading presented in these pages aim to assist English language learners in their effort to sharpen and test-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 Reading tasks that are used to improve reading comprehension, specific information detection and idea absorption skills. 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, together with building your test skills.
There are four different types of reading:
- Scan Reading (reading for specific information)
- Skimming (reading for gist)
- Intensive reading
- Extensive reading