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Communication and Language Arts
University of Ibadan
Lecture Note

Course Code: CLA 301
Course Title: Developmental Reading Skills
Lecturer: Mr. B.R. Ojebuyi
Lecture Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2012
Lecture No: 03

Types of Readers
1. The Mature Reader
He is a competent reader, capable of reading effectively and to derive maximum comprehension from
the text because he has the required linguistic competence and the required experiences applicable to
the reading material. He is no longer learning to read, he now reads to learn.
2. The Flexible Reader
He is competent, flexible. He is able to adjust his reading speed according to the complexity or simplicity
of the reading text. A flexible reader has the ability of adjusting of reading to suit the material to be
3. The Reluctant Reader
He is mature, competent and also has the required skill and competence and experience to read
effectively and understand but does not have a positive attitude to reading. The problem is therefore
that of ‘aliteracy’


This is a reader who wants to learn to read at the late old age because he could not in the past due to
some certain factors. There are examples in adult education.


4. The Adult New Reader

The Word
An online dictionary defines the word as “a sound or combination of sounds, or its representation, in
writing or printing that symbolizes and communicates a meaning, and may consist of a single morpheme
or a combination of morphemes”
Another definition is that “a word is a unit of language that native speakers can identify.” Therefore, a
word is an intelligible combination of letters or combination of speech sounds separated by spaces in a
written text or demarcated by pause in a spoken language. They can also be described as blocks with
which sentences are built.
Types of Words
The various types of words are classified according to two (2) criteria
1. Meaning
2. Structure

According to Meaning we have;
1. Content or lexical words
Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs etc. they contribute to meaning of the context and they add to
the lexicon.
2. Grammatical Word
In this category, we have words such as determiners, conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns unlike the
lexical word, they are not close ended. They do not grow. They do not contribute to meaning, they only
perform grammatical function.
According to Structure we have;
1. Simple Words
They are free morphemes that can stand alone and can express complete meaning.
2. Compound Words
They are words that combine two (2) simple words to form a word. Example is Head-master, ashtray,
rubber-stamp, Inspector-General etc.


It is a word that has internal multiple morphemes these morphemes are difficult to separate because
the word has undergone morphological mutation e.g. ‘Go’ changes to ‘went’, ‘feet’ changes to ‘foot’


3. Complex Word

Assignment: None



Submission Date: None

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