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English 121: Guide

Modules for each section of English 121

Required for Module 1 - Take notes

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Active Reading


Active Reading is reading with determination to understand the text, not to finish reading the text, so it is about engaging with the text, almost having a conversation with it in order to absorb the content. That “conversation” between the reader and the text takes place not only during reading but also before and after reading the text.


There are multiple advantages to reading actively:

  1. More efficient study time
  2. More efficient reading time
  3. Improved retention and absorbing of material
  4. Improved concentration while reading
  5. Improved writing skills


  • Annotating the text
  • Outlining the text
  • Questioning the text
  • Slowing down, pausing to review
  • Previewing the text
  • Looking up definitions of words