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One of the major differences between proficient and less proficient readers is that the proficient reader is able to make and forge personal connections to the text. The proficient reader is able to understand text both academically in terms of meaning and comprehension, but also is able to link it to their own personal experience. This personal experience element is extremely important in the proficiency in reading for a couple of reasons. The first is that it shows a level of applied knowledge, indicating that a reader fully understands and recognizes what is transpiring in the text. At the same time, the ability to personally make connections shows that the reader is cognizant of both what is happening in the text and potentially aware of how textual development can transpire. The less proficient reader is not as able or ready to make such connections because simply understanding the concrete meaning of text is so difficult. It is here where I think that one can identify a specific difference between proficient and less proficient readers.
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