M.V.R COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
ACHARYA NAGARJUNA UNIVERSITY
NAGARJUNANAGAR, GUNTUR DT. A.P
The skill of reading has generally been described as extracting information from text. Reading is not simply decoding of written symbols to sounds. It is a constructive process driven by a search for meaning. It does not involve a simple information transfer from the text to the reader but it involves interplay of different factors within the reader who is an active participant in the process of reading.
Across classrooms, schools, colleges, universities, the teaching and learning of second language reading is perceived as a means to help students achieve success. The ability to read contributes to students’ personal, intellectual, and social development. Success in reading helps students become informed citizens and contributing members of society. Such success is currently framed in terms of the decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies and knowledge that are taught in the classrooms.
Majority of professional students are unable to engage such complex skills. As the process of reading varies from one text to another, the reading strategies should change according to the text type and the reading purpose. The primary focus of reading instruction should therefore be on developing the reading ability of our professional students in order that they become global competitors. Globalization has provided them greater opportunities and challenges and access to world market. With increased globalization, the role of the professional engineer is changing and will change further significantly. To meet the challenges and to sustain in the global, competitive market, Indian professional students have to upgrade their language skills, especially reading skills.
Key Words: engineering, globalization, language, purpose, reading, researcher, skill