Reading Skills

Reading: Receptive Skill 
Reading skill involves responding to text, rather than producing it.

-To understand the language of the text at word level, sentence level, and whole text level. -To connect the message of the text to our knowledge of the world to see connection between sentence (coherence) and grammatical links between the sentences (cohesion).

The type of reading could be Intensive Reading or Extensive Reading.

Reading sub-skill (a skill that is part of a main skill) 

– Skimming – (reading for gist)
– Scanning (reading for specific information)
– Prediction
– Guessing meaning from context
– Inferencing

Key concepts:

- Practice the reading subskills students are not good at.
- Choose the right texts for our students,
- Different reading comprehension tasks and exercises focus on different reading subskills.

The chosen texts must be:

- Interesting
- Motivating students
- At the right level of difficulty, not too difficult, too easy.

The activities in a reading worksheet

Pre-reading (Introductory activities)

An introduction to the topic of the text and activities focusing on the language of the text.

While-reading (main activities)

A series of comprehension activities developing different reading subskills .


Activities which ask students to talk about how the topic in the text relates to their own lives or give their opinions on parts of the text.

Reading resources

Simplified materials – especially written for language learners.

Authentic materials: Short news articles from newspaper, brochures, charts, graphs, information diagrams, performance program, and illustrations.