Google in Asia - Seeking SuccessUse the information from the reading material to apply an advanced reading strategy while reading the article provided. Considering what you believe to be the main...

Google in Asia - Seeking Success

Use the information from the reading material to apply an advanced reading strategy while reading the article provided. Considering what you believe to be the main point of the article, along with its value to you in this technological era, explain how using a reading strategy is useful to your reading comprehensive.
Under what circumstances do you plan to use these reading strategies again in the future? Please be specific and include references to information from the article to help support your statements.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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One advanced reading strategy is to read the first sentences of the opening paragraph--you may have to several if the author attempts to entertain and "hook" you with an irrelevant "hook"--then read the last concluding, paragraph. This orients you to the import of the text and guides you as you separate support from argument and tells you how closely you need to read for the level of comprehension you desire: if you need statistics and other detailed supporting data, then you will want to read closely while holding the overall argument of the text in mind.

As an example, when applying this strategy to "Google in Asia ...," we learn that in South Korea a high 76% of people use an Internet search engine called "ask Naver" and that the founder, Naver, has plans to launch culture-specific search engines in many locales for the purpose of giving Google a challenge for prominence. Now, reading about how specific locales employ search engines and how Naver innovated search tracking will have guided meaning that we can direct toward our reading objective.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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What this exercise is asking you to do is to experiment with different reading strategies and to assess which ones work best for you personally. Reading strategies are so important to develop in your academic work, as everyone needs to be able to read an article, either quickly, or for detail, to get either a general gist of what the article says or to gain an in-depth appreciation of the line of argument the author adopts. So, try out a few of the strategies outlined in #2 and then in the second part of the question assess which one worked best for you and why. Good luck!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The most important strategy with nonfiction is to remember that it is not fiction. You read nonfiction differently than fiction. With fiction, you have characters and a plot and your focus is the theme. In nonfiction, you are tracing arguments and evidence, and your focus is the author's argument. So you look at what claims are made, and the evidence used to support them. This strategy is used with all nonfiction.
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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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http://www.economist.com/node/13185891

The article you speak of is in the link above.  Now, your question is basically what reading strategy you would use and how it will help you to better understand the article.  There are many strategies one can use while reading.  You may use a highlighter to mark important ideas, you may use two-column notes where you write down important things in one column and make your own observations or ask questions in the other, you can outline the ideas according to paragraphs, or you can use some other type of graphic organizer.  In this article, since it's targeting Google's success (or lack of) in South Korea and China, and it also mentions other search engines, I would probably have a column for each search engine.  I would take notes about what the article tells us (Google isn't successful in Korea--make note of the reasons given in this column; Naver wins over in Korea--why? Take notes in the column; Baidu is losing its hold on China--why? What's taking its place? etc.).  This way after you've read the article a couple of times and filled in your columns, you have a visual of the main idea:  Google is not as competitive outside the USA, and other search engines are looking for ways to close in on its turf.

The last question has to do with how you would use this strategy again in the future.  Only you can answer that, but obviously the graphic organizer works best when comparing and contrasting similar items such as search engines.  I've given you several ideas for reading this article and understanding it well.  You will need to choose the one you think will work best for you and then think about why it works best for you.

Good Luck!

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