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7. Activating prior knowledge

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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:29 by NZTecAdmin
  • All readers can understand the texts they read more easily if they know something about the subject matter. As we read, we constantly make connections between the text and our prior knowledge. You’ll know from your own experience that you have to work a lot harder to read texts about content that is unfamiliar to you.
  • Learners reading at entry-level need to deliberately activate their background knowledge. They should learn to use this strategy before they read a text, as well as while they are reading.
  • If learners are reading a text about unfamiliar content, then they need even more support to make connections to things they already know. They need to build enough knowledge prior to reading to be able to make sense of the text as they read.


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