How can I develop reading fluency to score high in IELTS?

In this series of blogs on building fluency for IELTS,we started discussion on the basics of speaking fluency, its barriers and ways to overcome it. Please read the blogs titled How can I develop speaking fluency to score high in IELTS? Part I. to read about hesitation and fear related barriers and How can I develop speaking fluency to score high in IELTS? Part II to read about the barriers related to fillers, repetition and mistake correction.

In this blog, our focus will be on reading fluency. As mentioned earlier, this fluency has not been explored much. Not many experts write on this.Let’s understand the basics, the barriers and the ways to overcome reading fluency.

Simply speaking fluent reading means reading without interruptions. Interruptions may be internal or external. I will write a separate blog on external interruptions.Internal interruptions are skill-based and hence it is more difficult to overcome them.

One of the biggest barriers in reading is use of dictionary during reading. What? Are you kidding me? Dictionary is the best friend for a reader. You must have gone crazy! These are some common responses when I tell IELTS aspirants about this barrier.

Let’s explore it further. Let’s do a simple observation-based activity. You should observe a fluent reader for this purpose. You can visit the best IELTS coaching institute in Dwarka where you will easily find many fluent readers. With the permission of the staff there, you can meet some good and fluent readers.Now observe them reading. You would find that they turn the pages very quickly. Prima-facie you may feel that they are pretending to read fast. The slow readers generally think that how can someone understand the meaning of all words without checking the meaning of difficult words in the book/paragraph. Does he know meaning of all the difficult words.

These questions are natural to a slow reader because they haven’t yet developed an important skill. Being able to manage to make out the contextual meaning of the words without referring to a dictionary while reading is a skill that all the IELTS aspirants must develop.Being able to make out the correct or near meaning of a difficult word by just reading in a careful and focused way. Halting the reading process would result in loss of interest.

In our upcoming blogs we will talk about other fluencies viz. writing and listening, required for IELST in detail and understand how to develop them.