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Advanced Reading Help - Chapter Summary
Master advanced methods for comprehending reading material with the engaging and efficient video lessons found in this chapter. These quick video lessons make it easy and fun to determine the meaning of reading passages. Lessons in this chapter cover:
- Navigating passages with transitions
- Understanding topic versus argument
- Interpreting literary meaning
These lessons contain advanced methods for comprehending reading passages or text and come with self-assessment quizzes to help you gauge your understanding of the material. The lessons are in bite-sized chunks, which make it easy to quickly learn reading comprehension concepts.
TOEFL iBT Reading Objectives
Non-native English speakers can take the TOEFL iBT to test their understanding of the English language and apply to English-speaking colleges and universities. The reading portion makes up a quarter of the exam and has approximately 36-56 questions. The video lessons in this chapter provide advanced training on reading comprehension and literary interpretation that will be needed to succeed on this portion of the exam. Some of the objectives of these lessons include:
- Determining tone in a reading passage
- Understanding mood
- Understanding structure in writing and how it affects meaning
- Using text to guide literary interpretation
The reading section of the exam gives you three to four passages pulled from textbooks or other academic writing. You'll be asked to read these passages and answer questions using your reading comprehension and literary interpretation skills.
1. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions
In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.
2. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage
Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.
3. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
4. What is Structure in Writing and How Does it Affect Meaning?
In this lesson, we will define the role of structure in literature. From there, we will look at the different ways to structure fiction and how it affects the meaning.
5. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.
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