- Unit 1 - Statements: Similarities and Differences
- Unit 2 - Analysis in Academic Text
Some concluding thoughts …
Given the way content is organized and presented in print material, it comes as almost second nature for us to think that we are drawing the information from the surface of the pages that make up the printed text. In one sense that is correct. All the information is conveyed in the words and sentences on the page. As a result, we read from left to right, from top to bottom, until we are ready to move to the next page.
It is more or less the same when we access text information from a computer screen. I say, ‘more or less’ as computer devices do not always rely on a single page to convey content. The text on the main page may contain links that take you to additional information, for example a glossary, video clips, podcasts etc. Nonetheless, even with computer devices, a vast amount of text content is presented via the on-screen page.
I am hoping though that as you move on from the study of this course that you would make some adjustments to that approach, adding a dimension to your reading activity in which your mind’s eye comes into play. Using this inner eye, you will be moving back and forth making both forward and backward linkages. You will be making forward linkages to anticipate what is likely to come up given the content that you are currently engaging with. Backward linkages would come into play as new information that you encounter provides greater clarity or insight about information you had met earlier.
Then there are those complex words and phrases that you need to drill down into to get a full understanding of their meaning, at the same time looking for cues close by to assist in the exercise.
Even though, visually, all the information is contained on the surface of a page, or a computer screen, in reality, that information is not one-dimensional, neither is it completely linear, flowing in one direction from left to right and top to bottom. As a reader you need to develop the skills required to make the connections however they arise.