The Importance Of Reading English

1631 Words7 Pages
English language is one of the most important communication tools in the world. Learning English is a necessary subject for all contexts of English as a second or foreign language due to its popularity and importance all over the universe. Also word acquisition and identification of words rapidly as a skill is a major correlate of reading (Nathan & Stanovich, 1991). So students’ success with sight word recognition is a critical part in their achievement as lifelong readers (Weakland, 2013). This chapter is divided into two sections; theoretical framework and empirical research. In the theoretical framework, the researcher discussed about: the importance of reading, reading fluency, reading speed and comprehension, vocabulary…show more content…
Researchers show that reading in first and second language can be very different. Readers in the initial stages of L1 and L2 reading often have differing amounts of lexical, grammatical, and discourse knowledge. Linguistic and processing differences across L1 and L2, influences of language transfer, and differing reliance on phonological processes affect reading performance (Grabe, 1991; Grabe & Stoller, 2002). Although most of the language learners discover reading English difficult, reading is the most important skill that a person should acquire (Phantharakphong & Pothitha, 2014). Reading is the most important means for independent learning whether the goal is acting better on academic tasks, learning further about a matter, or improving language abilities (Grabe & Stoller,…show more content…
Wolf and Katzir-Cohen (2001) defined fluent oral reading as ‘‘a level of accuracy and rate where decoding is relatively effortless; where oral reading is smooth and accurate with correct prosody; and where attention can be allocated to comprehension’’ (p. 218). Reading fluency is commonly labeled in literature as having three main components: (a) word reading accuracy, (b) automaticity or word reading speed, and (c) prosody or the proper use of phrasing and expression to carry meaning (Rasinski, 2004). Some reading theories and research focus on accuracy and automaticity or effective word recognition processes as the basis of fluent reading, particularly between developing readers (e.g., Ehri, 1995; LaBerge & Samuels, 1974; Nathan & Stanovich, 1991). From this perspective, Fuchs, Fuchs, Hosp, and Jenkins, (2001), point out that the amount of words correctly reads per minute has confirmed to be ‘‘an elegant and reliable way to characterize expert reading’’ (p. 240). The Reading fluency includes the ability to recognize words quickly and correctly, therefore; children need to develop automatic word and phrase recognition abilities to enable easy reading. When the process of word recognition takes slight cognitive capacity, the reader can focus on comprehension (Nathan & Stanovich, 1991). In dealing with constituents, with reading fluency Martinez, Roser and Strecker,

More about The Importance Of Reading English

Open Document