True Meaning of Reading

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True Meaning of Reading You must be surprised to know that I did not know the meaning of reading till I was a grade nine student in high school. At the earlier stage of my career I got the opportunity to work with a group of secondary school teachers in a development project. The main objective of the project was to improve the English Language Teaching techniques of secondary school teachers. While preparing the language learning materials I had to face lots of challenges regarding the reading skills. As part of our program I had the opportunity to observe some of the teacher’s classroom teaching. Once I was observing a teaching on reading skills. At the beginning of the lesson the teacher entered the classroom and started reading a story from the textbook. After finishing her reading she than started asking students to stand up and read some of the lines from the story one by one. At the end of the class when the students were asked what the story was about and what was happening in the story, none of the student could give the answers. This is because the students were reading aloud some of the lines and they were not reading for understanding. Obviously, this is an extreme example but sadly, in most of the classrooms the students are experience same type of frustration every day. They don’t possess adequate reading comprehension skills to do what is expected of them. Without comprehension, reading is simply following words on a page from left to right while sounding them out. The words on the page have no meaning. And while people read for many different reasons, the mail goal is to derive some understanding of what the writer is trying to convey and make use of that information – whether for fact gathering, learning a new skill, or for pleasure. That’s why reading comprehension skills are so important. Without them the reader cannot gather any
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