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Difference Between Intensive And Extensive Reading

Extensive Reading

  • Reading for full information is known as Intensive Reading
  • Also known as Thorough Reading/In Depth reading/Reading for full information
  • The purpose is to enable the reader to understand every detail precisely
  • It involves detailed examination of the text with writer's intentions, ideas, style, tone, arguments and other linguistic aspects.
  • English Reader is meant for Intensive reading

Intensive Reading

  • Reading for wide range of information 
  • Also called as Rapid Reading or Independent silent Reading
  • The main purpose is to cultivate the taste for reading(Thompson and Wyatt)
  • Extensive reading material is generally be easy, short and varied.
  • Authentic texts(Newspapers, journals reading cards etc,) and Supplementary Readers are meant for extensive reading