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English: skills for learning
English: skills for learning

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3 Reading actively

Being active as a reader is a good way to become more proficient and be able to take on more demanding texts.

In this section you will learn how to follow an active reading method consisting of five steps:

  1. Skimming the text.
  2. Recalling your background knowledge about its topic.
  3. Scanning for specific information.
  4. In-depth reading to find the key points.
  5. Making sense of texts containing difficult words.

These steps are outlined in the next five subsections and each has an activity associated with it. Some of these activities are based on the same piece of text. You will need access to a printer to print out that text in order to work on it.