Developing Reading Skills Using Critical Reading Strategies amongst Undergraduate EFL Students

Küçükoğlu H.

EJSER- 8th International Symposium on Social Sciences , Hamburg, Germany, 20 - 22 November 2021, pp.84-85

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Hamburg
  • Country: Germany
  • Page Numbers: pp.84-85
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Critical reading is used for the purpose of reading fictional or non-fictional material for the purpose of understanding between the lines and gaining deep meaning from what is read. While doing the critical reading, the first step is to get engaged in what you are reading as you need to analyze and evaluate the text you are reading. Other steps are; to reflect on your reading and try to understand the writer's idea fully, then as a critical reader, you need to question and evaluate the arguments presented by the author and finally form your own opinion. This type is reading can be named active reading as the reader performs critical thinking while reading the given text. Doing this enables the reader to get more from what is read.

This article describes the strategies that can be used to develop critical reading skills in English classrooms, particularly in the area of reading comprehension. Critical Reading strategies provide the students with the necessary study methods tools that they can use before, while, and after they have done reading. Students who do critical reading can understand and evaluate what they read. Every text has a purpose to be written and when the reader reads the text, they tend to get the ideas and details that already support their ideas. It is a general aim to ignore the rest of the ideas which are not parallel to theirs, however by using critical reading strategies, readers will be able to look at the whole text with a critical eye.