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EAP Reading Resources
ding comprehension is improved by purposeful, regular reading.
Find some resources to practice your reading fluency and reading comprehension at
Helpful Reading Strategies
Preview: This means to briefly look over what you will be reading.
Here are some steps to help you preview.
Read the title to determine the topic. What can you learn from reading the title?
ead the first
sentence to see if you can find out the writer's purpose for writing this article or story.
Read the last sentence
determine the writer's final thoughts.
Skim the entire article or story
and look for information like names, dates, or numbers that will help you understand the reading better.
Read for Meaning: This means to make sense of what you are reading.
Work on concentration
by focusing on what you are reading. Avoid distractions.
Read in thought groups
by seeing meaningful combinations of words like phrases, clauses, or sentences.
Ask questions in your mind as you read like What does this mean? or How can I use this information?
Find Main Ideas:
This means to look for the main idea of the selection. What is this about?
Find the Topic Sentence
by finding the sentence that has the main idea which are is usually followed by supporting details.
Notice the Paragraph Structure
by finding the purpose of the selection. Does the paragraph define, inform, illustrate, or explain?
Notice how the ideas relate by seeing relationships between ideas and how they are put together.
is important as you work towards understanding what you read.
Recall of facts
will help you answer comprehension questions.
Understand the main ideas
by asking What is the main thing that the author is writing about?
Try to understand words in context
by using the surrounding words to determine the word meaning.
Notice the facts versus opinions
by determining if the statement can be proven or not.
Determine the order of events
by looking for words like first, next, finally, before, during, at the end, after, later etc.
that are being made by looking for what is writing is suggesting without saying it directly.
Here is a website with timed readings and comprehension questions that will help you improve fluency and comprehension. Try it
Timed Reading Plus in Science, Book 4. (2002) New York: Jamestown Education.
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