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Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Teaching Reading - A Challenge in Itself

Deepa Sethi, Ph.D.


An interactive process which is carried on between the reader and the text that results in comprehension is reading. However, this comprehension depends on perception and thought. The reader also employs some skills for the better comprehension of the text. Moreover, there are diverse facets of reading that are vital in the preparation of teaching and its materials and which need to be taken care of.

The present paper focuses on certain tenets of reading, which have proved useful in this context. However, these are macro. The techniques offered here are possible to be pertinent throughout the world. Certainly, they might be especially productive in the nations that are presently less developed in the economic terms. Nevertheless, the tenets should be appraised in connection with regional conditions, and customized consequently. Propositions or guiding principles in any didactic setting or ethnic framework entail perceptive and rational use, and ongoing assessment for being put into practice.

Key Words: Interactive, perception, tenets, reading, techniques


Reading is vis-à-vis comprehending written texts. It is a convoluted pursuit that entails perception as well as thought. Reading comprises the dual process: word recognition and comprehension. Word recognition signifies the process of perceiving how written symbols correspond to one's spoken language. Comprehension is the process of crafting sense of words, sentences and connected text. Learning to read is a crucial educational goal since the ability to read unbolts novel worlds and opportunities. It facilitates us to acquire new knowledge, benefit from literature, and do everyday things that are an essential part of modern life, such as, reading the newspapers, classifieds, magazines, books, and so on.

Purpose of Reading

Reading is an activity with a purpose. One may read so as to acquire information or authenticate existing knowledge, or in order to assess critically a writer's ideas or writing style. One may also read for gratification, or to augment the understanding of the language being read. The purpose(s) for reading steer the reader's choice of texts.

The purpose for reading also ascertains the right approach to reading comprehension. One who is reading poetry for pleasure needs to identify the words the poet uses and the ways they are woven together, but does not need to recognize the core idea and sustaining details. Nevertheless, a person using a scientific article to buttress estimation needs to know the vocabulary that is used, comprehend the facts and cause-effect sequences that are portrayed, and spot ideas that are presented as the premise.

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Deepa Sethi, Ph.D.
Department of Business Communication
Jaipuria Institute of Management
Uttar Pradesh, India

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