English intensive reading
English intensive reading
Intensive Reading occurs when the learner is focused on the language (grammar, vocabulary, etc.) rather than the text. For example, the learner may be answering comprehension questions, learning new vocabulary, studying the grammar and expressions in the text, translating the passage.
The advantage of intensive reading is that it focuses the learner on certain aspects of the language. However, intensive reading is usually done with difficult texts with many unknown words that requintensive readinge the learner to use a dictionary. This means the reading is slow and that there are few opportunities for the learner to learn to read smoothly, because she has to stop every few seconds to work on something she can't understand. This slows or prevents the development of fluent eye movements that are so necessary to improve one's reading skill.
Intensive reading is the most typically taught method of teaching reading. Unfortunately some teachers only know this method and believe that by teaching the vocabulary and grammar that is all the learner needs. This is not so, she also needs practice in reading and to be trained in developing reading skills.
Intensive reading strategies
1. Pre-reading prediction activities: Before reading an article in a magazine or newspaper, you usually form some idea of what it is about from the photo or headline. So to heighten interest before starting to read a text in class with your students, use the picture or title to guess the possible vocabulary or just to discuss what the article is about.
2. Reading for main ideas.
3. Reading for specific information or 'scanning'.
However, intensive reading alone will not make students good readers. In fact, too much intensive reading may actually cause students to develop bad reading habits. For example, because intensive reading requires students to pay attention to every detail, it often encourages the habit of paying more attention to the vocabulary and grammar of a text than to its overall meaning. It also encourages the habit of reading English very slowly, and students who become accustomed to reading English in this way often never learn to read any faster. Finally, intensive reading tends to be relatively boring, so students who fall into the habit of reading everything intensively often come to dislike reading in English.
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