All About Silent And Fast Reading

January 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Library User Group,Sarah Denson


The many techniques of speed reading can be taught in a variety of ways. Learning to speed read can require a variety of different exercises, but there are specific activities that are recommended by all methods. Basic practice in both silent reading and reading aloud is one of such.


In comparison with reading aloud, it is clear that silent reading is the better way of reading and it is, therefore, more ideal for studying or generally for information absorption.


Reading silent means reading completely quite, without even moving your lips. A lot of people practice silent reading daily by reading magazines, books, and documents. Whilst learning to read fast, many people believe that it is not possible to read without offering some phonetic value to the visual symbols on the page – and for that reason even in silent reading the reader subvocalizes the words.


The secret to an effective fast reading consists of the capability to connect meanings directly with the visual symbols on the page, very much as a motorist reads a traffic signal. If you are in a car, you do not read street signs the same way you read regular words.


Traffic signs are read and immediately translated into meanings; right streets, speed, warning, etc.  If, while looking for an address, you read the figures 374 and considered them like this: “3 hundred and seventy-four” rather than keeping the number as a symbol, then it might be impossible to read the address before you drive by it.


The importance of silent reading in life, however, will not reduce the value of oral reading at the initial level of language learning. Reading aloud like other speech work is a good means of learning the language code. After a little extra out-loud practice, you might find that it’s amazingly motivating, and can, therefore, be used to practice figuring out and analyzing structures. Reading aloud is also a powerful device for quick evaluation of reading understanding and for enhancing pronunciation. However, in order to read fast, you will need to read silently and practice it regularly to boost your speed.


Also, reading aloud properly requires a good knowledge of the passage beforehand. That is why it can help to take a moment to quickly read silently through the written text before reading it aloud. If you practice reading aloud, you’ll find that a number of different and fast! Levels of pre-reading are essential if you would like to read well without pausing or stuttering.


Only once you become an expert in reading aloud in the event you dedicate yourself to reading silently. This will likely improve your reading speed.


Reading silent and aloud have their places in learning speed reading. They have got different purposes. Whereas the principle reason for reading aloud is to increase the word recognition of the learner, the principle reason for silent reading is to permit the reader to read with understanding and speed.


Sarah Denson

Library User Group