Description: Reading comprehension is the ability to process text, understand its meaning, and to integrate with what the reader already knows. People learn comprehension skills through education or instruction and some learn by direct experiences. Proficient reading depends on the ability to recognize words quickly and effortlessly. It is also determined by an individual's cognitive development, which is "the construction of thought processes." There are many reading strategies to improve reading comprehension and inferences, including improving one's vocabulary, critical text analysis (intertextuality, actual events vs. narration of events, etc.) and practicing deep reading. Ability to comprehend text is influenced by readers' skills and their ability to process information. If word recognition is difficult, students use too much of their processing capacity to read individual words, which interferes with their ability to comprehend what is read.
Grade Level: 9-12
Curriculum: Foreign Language
Keywords: Vocabulary; Reading Skills; Reading Comprehension; Understanding; Texts
Author(s): Pilipus Erwinsyah, Rizki Rumbaroa

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