Importance Of Reading And Comprehension

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CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
~ Victor Hugo ~

Background
The ability to read and comprehend is indispensable when it comes to learning a language and also acquiring knowledge of the world, be it in the field of education, sciences, arts, economics and also religion and spirituality. Therefore, any student, at any level, as mentioned by Jalilifar (2010), Zhang (2006) and Wichadee (2005), would need to master reading and comprehension skills in order to capture the essences and apply this knowledge effectively in their academic endeavours. Also, extensive research has established that tertiary level students or learners; this includes colleges students, undergraduate
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Books, physical libraries and resource centres are rapidly going online. Online reading and comprehension is as important as reading and understanding printed material (Poole, 2009). Leu (2002) states that compared to any other technological device for information and communication, the Internet has thus far been the fastest to infiltrate and dominate the field of education. Yutdhana (2007) points out that online reading is inevitable since the internet provides infinite amount of resources for a tertiary level learner, and therefore challenges the learner’s comprehension abilities. Yutdhana also stresses that learners need to develop their reading skills in order to comprehend online texts and resources such as global online databases, electronic journals (e-journals), electronic newspapers and magazines (e-newspapers and e-magazines) and also independent informative…show more content…
The lack of reported evidence in Malaysia as to whether or not more proficient readers are more active and frequent users of reading strategies has triggered the need for this research. The use of reading strategies used when reading printed material and web-based material has been studied with second language (L2) learners and foreign (FL) learners as well, but, the results from these studies have not provided advice as to which strategies should be promoted in classes to ensure successful
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