Topics: Speed reading, Reading, Meaning of life Pages: 5 (1396 words) Published: May 26, 2013
V C o m s a t s I n s t i t u t e o f I T
Master of Arts in English

Roll No. : SP13-MENG-007
Name : Faisal Nadeem
Course Code : 401
Assignment No.1
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Discuss the importance of reading in today’s world and its scope in our lives by relating it to your personal reading needs. Mention any three important reading sub-skills/ habits and discuss them by giving examples.


Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning . It is a means of language acquisition, of communication, and of sharing information and ideas. Like all language, it is a complex interaction between the text and the reader which is shaped by the reader’s prior knowledge, experiences, attitude, and language community which is culturally and socially situated. The reading process requires continuous practice, development, and refinement.

Wainwright G.R. wrote:
“Reading is more than seeing words clearly, more than pronouncing words correctly, more than recognizing the meaning of isolated words. Reading requires to think, feel and imagine.” In simple terms, Reading is making meaning from print. It requires that we:

* Identify the words in print – a process called word recognition. * Construct an understanding from them – a process called comprehension * Coordinate identifying words and making meaning so that reading is automatic and accurate – an achievement called fluency.


According to one credible international survey, it is said that the world’s top 500 most powerful professionals have one thing common; their reading speed is more than 500 words per minute. This is a valid proof that reading is an essential skill in this present day and age. Your reading skill is a very critical factor responsible for increasing your ability to learn and master large volumes of information. Educational researchers have found that there is a strong correlation between reading and academic success. In other words, a student who is a good reader is more likely to do well in school and pass exams than a student who is a weak reader. Good readers can understand the individual sentences and the organizational structure of a piece of writing. They can comprehend ideas, follow arguments, and detect implications. They know most of the words in the text already, but they can also determine the meaning of many of the unfamiliar words from the context - failing this, they can use their dictionary effectively to do so. In summary, good readers can extract from the writing what is important for the particular task they are employed in. And they can do it quickly! Educational researchers have also found a strong correlation between reading and vocabulary knowledge. In other words, students who have a large vocabulary are usually good readers. This is not very surprising, since the best way to acquire a large vocabulary is to read extensively, and if you read extensively you are likely to be or become a good reader! So, in order to be successful at school, we should encourage a student to read. Reading non-fiction in English is probably the most important, but English fiction and any reading in the mother tongue - if done extensively - will help the student develop the reading competence that is essential for academic achievement. "Research findings in applied linguistics and reading research consistently show a strong correlation between...
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