Assess yourself: Reading Academic Texts
By launching the following exercise, you will read a list of ‘can-do’ statements (e.g. I can use signpost language).

Assess how well you can do the following by choosing one of the following options after each statement:

Very well - Quite well - Satisfactorily - Poorly - Not at all

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Section A - Reading Academic Texts: Before reading
a. I can activate prior knowledge (e.g. topic, concepts, authors, literacy knowledge such as text type) for effective academic reading.
b. I can predict possible contents and organisation of the text on the basis of prior knowledge.
Section B - Reading academic texts: During reading
a. I can use strategies such as using title, subtitle, table of contents, summary, introduction, first sentences, key words, etc. for global overall view of the content of text.
b. I can draw upon my language knowledge (e.g. existing vocabulary, grammar and language structure) and context to guess the meaning of unknown words.
c. I can skim and scan written text materials for main idea, key points and/or specific information in texts.
d. I can understand texts in detail in relation to scientific and literary topics.
e. I can identify terminologies that signal formality or informality, complexity or simplicity, subjectivity or objectivity.
f. I can understand and critically analyse a range of texts and text types including abstract, structurally complex and lengthy writings, such scientific research papers.
g. I can take notes.
Section C - Reading academic texts: After reading
a. I can organise information for further use (information management: use of key words, classify and organise information).
b. I can summarise what I read using my own words.
c. I can reflect on my reading strategies by reviewing my notes and writing in my Learning Diary and design a way for improvement.
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