Reading is the 3rd language skill. EnglishClub explains what reading is, in relation to all four language skills. Mainly for ESL learners.
Reading is the process of deciphering meaning from a series of written symbols. When we read, our eyes receive written symbols (letters, punctuation marks, and spaces) and our brain converts them into words, sentences, and paragraphs that communicate with us.
Reading can be done either silently (in our heads) or aloud (so that other people can hear).
Reading as a receptive skill-
Reading is a receptive skill; we receive information through it. However, the complex process of reading necessitates the ability to speak in order to pronounce the words that we read. Reading is a productive skill in this sense because we are both receiving and transmitting information (even if only to ourselves).
Why and What to read-
Reading allows you to become acquainted with the rhythm of English. It will become natural to you over time, and you will notice when a sentence or phrase doesn't seem right. Reading skills can help you improve your other language skills. You must first learn to read before you can write.
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of reading material available? You can read printed texts (books, magazines, and newspapers at the library), online materials (websites and blogs), and ebooks for free (on your mobile devices).
Benefits of reading-
Learn to enjoy reading in English if you want to improve your English. The best readers frequently receive the highest grades, jobs, and opportunities.