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Here are four different kinds of reading.

Exercise

Using these descriptions, how would you read the following? Match the different types of reading with the categories below. Decide which one requires you to skim or to scan the text. Which one needs detailed Intensive reading? What type of text do you read Extensively - for pleasure?

Write down your answers - then click on the “answer” to check them.

The ‘What’s On’ section of the local paper:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A novel:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A newspaper:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A text in class:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A poem:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
The telephone directory:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A postcard:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A train timetable:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A recipe:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer
A travel brochure:
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Extensive
  • Intensive answer

You might have had other answers, but you can see there are different ways in which we take in written information.

Now, what use is this to us? - It can help to save us time.

Learn which material needs which skill and you can get through more work.

For example, you can scan an index or contents page to search for one particular item in a theoretical book to help with an assignment. When you find the term, look at the chapter and scan it - you should soon be able to see if it will help in your assignment.

What about the other meanings of different ways to read ?

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