Reading Posts

LIST OF POSTS ON REASONS FOR DIFFICULTY OF ACADEMIC READING

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Some of the posts within these pages, particularly early ones, are devoted to important reasons why academic texts can be difficult for readers whose mother tongue is not English. The posts were inspired by research described in the article What can Learners Tell us about their Reading Difficulties? Some other posts (marked *) are not specifically about reading, but they contain something important about it. To facilitate access to each reading post, the titles are listed below – just click on any one.

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2. Interrupted Structures 

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3. Multi-Use Words 

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5. Repetition with Synonyms 

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7. Metaphorical Meanings 

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9. Double Negatives 

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11. Homonyms and Homographs 

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13. Hidden Negatives 

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15. Half-Read Sentences 

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18. Relations Between Sentences 

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22. Multiple Speakers in a Text 

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36. *Words Left out to Avoid Repetition

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50. *Right & Wrong Comma Places

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51. *Making Concessions with “May”

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80. *How to Paraphrase

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88. *Some Exotic Grammar Structures

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91. *Pronunciation in Reading Aloud

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94. Essay Instruction Words

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112. *Synonyms of Connectors

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117. *Saying More Precisely What is Meant

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124. *Structures with a Double Meaning

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137. Words that Reflect English Culture

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172. Multi-Use Suffixes

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