Questioning Strategies for Reading Comprehension at Secondary School: Analysis of Two Texts
D. Orisawayi

Reading Needs of High School Students In outlining the reading needs of high school students two important documents provide some useful information. Guidelines on Nigerian Secondary Education English Curriculum (1978) lists a number of objectives in discussing reading skill, namely that the students should be taught to:
a. develop the ability to read any written texts or printed materials easily;
b. read aloud any materials written in English in an intelligent and meaningful way for the listeners to understand   and comprehend easily;
c. understand with sufficient comprehension any material they are made to read in English;
d. through proper knowledge and understanding of the lexical, grammatical and rhetorical devices used by the
author, capture from such written or printed materials the essential meanings that are intended by the author;
e. acquire the ability to resolve any relative difficulty and complexity that the pupils may encounter in their
reading provided the materials being read are considered appropriate to their level(s);
f. be able to make as much sense as is possible out of any written or printed materials even when some of the
writing conventions of English have not been strictly observed in the materials being read;
9. through a proper knowledge of the writing conventions of English, the grammar, lexis and other devices aimed at
enhancing effective communication in the language, develop the ability to read extensively and a continuing interest
in reading for pleasure;
h. cultivate the ability to read at the speed and with understanding in order to be able to cope easily and
effectively with the volume of reading that will be required of them if and when they are in the university
or any profession in which the need for fast and  extensive reading is essential.

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