INTRODUCTION Are you aware that one of the most important skills to develop is reading? This is because it forms the basis for learning. In fact, a greater part of learning at university is achieved through reading as practically every course at this level requires some form of reading. Take note that you will need to read different types of materials to fulfil the different requirements of the course. Therefore, you will need to read your modules, tutorial notes, textbooks, journal articles (both print and electronic resources), newspapers, reports and so on. Hopefully by the end of this topic, you will improve your reading skills. Eventually, the ability to read well will allow you to get maximum benefit from your reading and enhance your learning skills. Let us continue the lesson! T T o o p p i i c c 6 6 Reading Skills LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this topic, you should be able to: 1. State five purposes of reading; 2. Differentiate between two major techniques of reading; and 3. Apply the techniques of reading on OUM module and electronic text. Copyright © Open University Malaysia (OUM)
TOPIC 6 READING SKILLS 197 WHY DO YOU READ?Let us begin this topic by looking at a quote that reflects the concept of reading by Francis Bacon (Figure 6.1), an English philosopher. Figure 6.1: Francis Bacon (1561 to 1626) Source: en.wikiquote.orgWhat do you understand from the above quote? Well, the quote implies that the Figure 6.2: Five purposes of reading 6.1 Copyright © Open University Malaysia (OUM)
TOPIC 6 READING SKILLS 198 These five purposes are further explained as follows: (a) To Get an Overview Commonly referred to as „background reading‰, this is a useful technique as you will not miss out on the various issues related to the topic or subject areas. Books for background reading are sometimes included in your course reading list for this purpose. (b) To Locate Specific Information When you need to locate specific information or check certain facts, you may sometimes have to check several information resources, but your aim would be to just zoom in on the information required. Let us look at Table 6.1 which explains what to refer when you need to look for specific information. Table 6.1: Specific Information and Its Sources Information Source Meaning of words Use a dictionary or a special subject dictionary if available.
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