Task 30: Think of all the texts you’ve read today and comment on the way in which you have read these texts. 

Text message: scan fast for meaning. Correction for punctuation and grammatical errors.

Tram journey on Google Maps: scan reading multiple times.

News article: skim/gist reading for information.

CELTA precourse: Intensive/detailed reading.

Task 31: Below are some different text types. Think about which of the above reading sub-skills we would use to read these texts:

An academic article we need to read for an essay we are writing – Intensive/detailed reading

A telephone directory – scan reading

The editorial of a newspaper on a topic we care about a lot – reading to infer

An advertisement for a job that might be suitable – skim/gist reading, then detailed if it turns out to be promising

Task 32: When people read in a language that is not their first language, they often forget to use appropriate language skills and will read all texts in a great deal of detail. They are also likely to over-use bi-lingual dictionaries, pausing in their reading every time they find a word they do not understand. What problems are there with this way of reading?

Not all texts need this level of detail, and could actually be understood by just scanning for the required information and using the context to make sense of the information.