Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Speed Reading

on June 5, 2013

We are going to practice speed reading in the next class. Please watch this VIDEO then, in the comments, tell us something you learned.

While you read The Curious Incident pages 156-178, please keep a record of the characters and write the answers to the following questions in your journal.

1. Why doesn’t Christopher like Uncle Terry?

2. Why can’t Christopher be an astronaut?

3. Why does he decide to ask a lady (not a man) where the train station is?

4. Why is it difficult for him to be in a new place?

5. Predict what you think will happen next.


10 responses to “Speed Reading

  1. Kaori Kubo (T4) says:

    I learned that when we read, we unconsciously comprehend the written text via the larynx which voices the word without producing a sound, sending information to the brain that finally visualizes the written text. Basically, I learned the process of a typical person’s reading comprehension.

  2. Ai Inoue(T4) says:

    When people read at normal speed, they tend to voice the word they’re seeing, and then sends the information to the brain. By skipping the voicing part, we can read more rapidly and at ease. We can practice speed reading by chanting “a,e,i,o,u” or “1,2,3,4,” over and over while reading.

  3. Fumina Watanabe (T4) says:

    People read 125 words to 250 words in a minute on average. By voicing the simple sounds while reading, you can see the sentences as a picture rather than a series of words. This enables us to read 500 words to 1000 words in a minute.

  4. Kyoko Nomura(T4) says:

    When we see a word, we voice them first and then send that information to our brain. In this way we can only read 125 to 250 words per minute, but after practicing his way, we will not need to voice the word first, it directly sends information to the brain. So, that enables us to read 500 to 1000 words per minute.

  5. T4 yuto says:

    Whenever we read at a normal rate, we see the words and then say them silently then image them in our brains. That means the signals are transferred from visual signals o vocal signals to visual signals again. If you say random things while you read, you can cut out the prosses of vocalizing brain signals, and accelerate your reading rate.

  6. Natsumi Maruyama (T4) says:

    We can comprehend the written text faster by saying “a, e, i, o, u” or “1, 2, 3, 4…” while you are reading.

  7. Kurumi Takeuchi (T4) says:

    I learned that people reading in a normal speed, first voice a word and then send the image to their brain. In this way we can read 125 to 150 words in a minuet. However if we practice speed readimg we can read about 500 to 1000 words per minuet. This is beacause, speed reading enables us to see the text as a picture.

  8. Ayane Kawahara(T4) says:

    I learned that when we see a word, a signal is sent to the larynx and it voices that word though we are not saying it out loud.The signal then goes to the brain, making the picture imaginable. You can fasten your reading speed by training like this; reading a text while saying “a,e,i,o,u”or”1,2,3,4,5” out loud. At first you may not understand the text, but as you continue training you will be able to not only comprehend the text, but also image the scene at the sight of the text.

  9. Miki Hosoda (T4) says:

    The video taught me how to read texts faster by exchanging the words with easier sounds like”a”, “e”, “i”, “o”, “u” ,and so on. This method eventually makes us visualize what is written in the text.

  10. MaikoImai T4 says:

    I relearned that when guessing meanings it will help to look at the whole text.

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