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Being an active reader

Before we begin to read the first intensive reading (IR), here is some information about being an active reader.

  • Reading is not a skill that you practice alone. We want you to ask questions to each other and to the teacher.
  • You should also ask questions to yourself (Did I understand that? Should I read it again?)
  • Dictionaries are useful, but don’t use them all the time. It is very slow to check every word in a dictionary. Please use a dictionary only when you really need to.
  • Good readers imagine the topic they are reading about and make guesses when they aren’t sure about difficult words or sentences.
  • Good readers highlight new words.
  • Good readers make notes on the text


Reading together

When we do reading at MIC, we don’t want you to read quietly by yourself. We want you to work together and communicate with your classmates and the teacher.

Usually, your teacher will ask you to read just one or two paragraphs of a text at a time. When you finish, you will follow these steps.

  • Ask people in your group about anything that was difficult.
  • If nobody understands, ask the teacher or use a dictionary.
  • Summarize the main ideas together without looking at the text. Take turns to tell a little bit of the reading each.
  • Answer the questions.

“Was anything difficult?”

“What does this mean?”

“I don’t understand this part.”

“What did you read?”

“What happened next?”


Dictionary skills

  • Many words in English are polysemous, which means that they have more than one meaning.
  • When you use a dictionary, make sure you check the different senses of a word to make sure you have the right meaning.