Reading skills Or: HowYouBecome a QualifiedReader
Before you start reading a text: Explore the context. • Look at the title. Is it straightforward or a play on words? • What sort of text is it? Fiction or non-fiction? • What is the genre (crime, suspense, literary fiction, humour)? • Who is the writer?
Whilereading 1 • Read a text from start to finish: just enjoy it. • Don’tworrytoomuchabout the meaningofeveryword. Only look upwordsthatinterferewithyour overall understanding. • Practicegetting the gist (overall meaning).
Whilereading 2 • Try totreat the text as youwould in Swedish. • Make yourownjudgementsabout the characters and theirbehaviour. • Letyourimaginationloose! Hear the sounds, the waypeoplespeak, smell the roses!
Afterreading • Didyouenjoy the text? • Was it surprising, moving, informative, funny, entertaining? • Didyou like the style or the toneadopted by the writer? • Has the text taughtyouanythingyoudidn’tknow? • Give it marks ourof 10.
The Art of Re-reading 1 Reading for global or overall meaning • Whatare the mainpoints the writer is communicating? • In thiscase, youare not toobotheredabout the details
The Art of Re-reading 2 Reading for detail • Canyoulocatespecific information or details in the text and understandtheirimportancetowhat the writer is saying? (=scanning a text) • Youusethistechniquewhenyouarelooking for specific information in answertoyourown or somebodyelse’squestions
The Art of Re-reading 3 Reading between the lines • Peopleoftenimplythingswhentheyspeak or write. That is, theygive the listener or reader hints aboutwhattheyreallywantto get across. • Jane rephrased my question. ”Shouldyou go outwith Danny?” Shefrowned and wentquiet. Finallyshespoke, ”If you do, you’ll be oneofmany”. Thatwas all I neededtoknow.