Speed Reading Techniques

For decades, reading has become one of the most popular leisure time activities. Somehow, there are times when a reader are required to comprehend a reading material in a very short amount of time. Therefore, the quick-reading techniques should be applied in that case.

The quick-reading techniques that a reader can apply in such condition are Skimming and Scanning. The technique will help the reader to reach the goal of reading, i.e understanding the main idea and specific information of the text.

Skimming is a method of rapidly moving the eyes over the text in order to get only the main idea of the text and the general idea related to the context of the reading material.

The steps:

1.       Read the title (if there’s any)

2.       Read the introduction of the paragraph

3.       Read the first paragraph completely

4.       If there are some subheadings read and relate each subheadings

5.       Read the first sentence of the remaining paragraphs

6.       Pay more attention to the text and look for some clues that answer WH-questions and find some unusual words

7.       Read the final paragraph completely.

Scanning is a method of rapidly covers the whole material in order to locate specific pieces of information.

The steps:

1.       While reading, keep in your mind all the time about the specific information you’re trying to find

2.       When you find some words related to the information you’re trying to find then take some time to read carefully the whole sentence and check whether it’s the appropriate piece.

   source: Anne Arundel Community College

sdTo get more understanding on the quick-reading techniques, do the exercise below. Read and answer the questions by following the steps explained previously


Read the following text:

TThe Finns may be more diligent about preparing their kids for the future than most nationalities. But they do seem to do it with unusual degree of conviction about what´ s going to be important-one big reason they buy their teenagers mobile phones and foot the monthly bills about 40 dollars. A study by the Information Society Research Center at the University of  Tampere  (sponsored by wireless operator Sonera, Nokia and Tekes, the   government agency that promotes technology and doles out development capital) concludes that parents see a mobile phone as a “ key  to the information society”.

   Keeping tabs on the little rascals may be just a supplementary benefit-and maybe not even a benefit, if Heidi, a 15 year-old in Leena   Nordman` s English class, is to be believed. “My mom` s always calling me, “   she says, rolling her eyes.

   When Norman a Physical Education teacher tells her students that they` re allowed to get their phones out one spring day, they all proudly do so. Some of the boys immediately start playing games built into the small, colorful devices. And Heidi and a few kids are eager to tell other people about their obsession. First of all, the thing is not a phone.

It’s a kannykka ( a little hand), a luuri ( a transmitter) and sometimes a kapula ( a stick).

Or just a Nokia.

      Most of these fairly well-off kids have computers at home, and enjoy visiting chat houses. But like other Finnish teens, they really get a charge of the relatively cumbersome e-mail capability available on their phones. There´ s a 161 character limit, the inconvenience of a telephone keypad- and the thrill of gossiping, flirting or just bombarding each other with smiley faces, all for less than the cost of a voice call.

 Eija-liisa Kasesniemi, who ran the Information Society Research Center study, says the kids have their own vocabulary here, too. Is mobile-text-messaging just for kids? Phone

Company Radiolinja might have thought so when it debuted a service shortly before Christmas one year.

     But when half of Helsinki realized that last-minute electronic cards are more convenient than paper ones-and crashed the network-Radiolinja understood that it had something bigger on its hands.

Source: Newsweek, May 1999


I- True or false ? Support your answer by quoting from the text.

a) Finnish parents consider that a mobile phone is a superfluous object.

b) They don` t mind paying the extra costs these objects represent.

c) Sometimes teachers allow students to use their mobiles in class.

d) Teenagers never use their devices for sending e-messages

e) This kind of communication is causing a transformation of the normal language of communication


II- Explain.

a) whyFinnish parents consider it is important for their children to have a mobile phone.

b) why sometimes teenager would rather not have them.

c) what students do when they are allowed to use their mobiles in class.

d) what they use their e-mail for.

e) what kind of language they use when they send their messages through e-mail.

Do the exercise on a piece of paper. The worksheets are to be submitted on Thursday, May 16th 2013 in our Bahasa Inggris class. The work submitted is counted as 1 meeting.





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