4 levels of reading


Reading pain: This is when the text is so hard, the students spend all their time in the dictionary. They probably understand very little and so can easily get bored or tired and give up.

Instructional reading: This is a text which is a little difficult, but they understand most of it. Maybe 5-8% of the words and expressions and some of the grammar they don’t know. They’ll probably need a dictionary.

Easy reading: This is a text which is easy to read. They understand all or most of it without problems so they don’t need a dictionary. There may be a few words on the page they don’t know. Their eye can move quickly across the page. Often they don’t even notice they are reading.

Speed Reading: This is a text which they can read very quickly because it’s very easy which allows them to build their reading speed.