Materials: Needs Reading

Academic English Needs: Reading

Use the following table to find out what your academic English language needs for reading are and your ability in each area. You can then work out your priorities.


How important is it for you to perform these tasks well in English?

How well can you perform these tasks in English?


Not important

Quite important

Very important


Not at all

Not well

Quite well

Very well


1. Reading textbooks


2. Reading journal articles


3. Reading magazine or newspaper articles


4. Reading on-line/electronic  materials


5. Reading works of literature


6. Reading handouts


7. Reading workbook instructions


8. Reading laboratory or computer manuals


9. Reading texts forming part of exam questions.


10. Reading to get specific information for assignments

11. Reading to check information                
12. Reading for clarification                
13. Reading to support a position                

14. Reading to establish and evaluate author’s position

15. Reading critically                

16. Reading quickly and efficiently


17. Understanding vocabulary


18. Reading aloud


19. Reading and answering questions


20. Taking notes


21. Other reading activity (please specify)

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