Thanks for sharing here.
Aytaj makes a good point to support the idea about L2 readers not using L1 strategies. Essentially, it seems that L2 readers are unable to use L1 reading strategies because they are focusing on the lexis of the text they are reading – and so try to understand every word. This therefore means that teachers should encourage extensive reading (and here) to help their learners develop word recognition speed and therefore allow them to employ reading strategies when reading in the TL. We explore vocabulary in Unit 2, but it is certainly a massive factor in reading success (including taking exams).
I also like the idea of shortening a text to 50 words. I guess this also helps develop a range of skills; not just reading.