you are reading English. That means that you are using your brain in a very
active way. Reading is a very active process. It is true that the writer does a
lot of work, but the reader also has to work hard. When you read a text, you
have to do some or all of these:
scene in your head
clearly what the writer is trying to say
disagree with the writer
Advantages of Reading
learn a language, listening, speaking and writing are important, but reading
can also be very helpful. There are many advantages associated with reading,
Learning Vocabulary In Context
usually encounter new words when you read. If there are too many new words for
you, then the level is too high and you should read something simpler. But if
there are, say, a maximum of five new words per page, you will learn this
vocabulary easily. You may not even need to use a dictionary because you can
guess the meaning from the rest of the text (from the context). Not only do you
learn new words, but you see them being used naturally.
A Model For Writing
read, it gives you a good example for writing. Texts that you read show you
structures and expressions that you can use when you write.
Seeing "Correctly Structured" English
people write, they usually use "correct" English with a proper
grammatical structure. This is not always true when people speak. So, by
reading you see and learn grammatical English naturally.
Working At Your Own Speed
read as fast or as slowly as you like. You can read ten pages in 30 minutes, or
take one hour to explore just one page. It doesn't matter. The choice is yours.
You cannot easily do this when speaking or listening. This is one of the big
advantages of reading because different people work at different speeds.
choose something to read that you like, it can actually be interesting and
enjoyable. For example, if you like to read about football in your own
language, why not read about football in English? You will get information
about football and improve your English at the same time.
Five Tips for Reading
Try to read at the right level. Read something that
you can (more or less) understand. If you need to stop every three words to
look in a dictionary, it is not interesting for you and you will soon be
Make a note of new vocabulary. If there are four or
five new words on a page, write them in your vocabulary book. But you don't
have to write them while you read. Instead, try to guess their meaning as you
read; mark them with a pen;then come back when you have finished reading to
check in a dictionary and add them to your vocabulary book.
Try to read regularly. For example, read for a
short time once a day. Fifteen minutes every day is better than two hours every
Sunday. Fix a time to read and keep to it. For example, you could read for
fifteen minutes when you go to bed, or when you get up, or at lunchtime.
Be organised. Have everything ready:
something to read
a marker to highlight difficult words
your vocabulary book
a pen to
write down the new words
Read what interests YOU. Choose a magazine or book
about a subject that you
Things to read in newspaper
find English-language newspapers in all large cities around the world.
Newspapers are interesting because they are about real life and the news. BUT
they are not easy to read. Try reading newspapers if your level is intermediate
Financial Times (business)
International Herald Tribune
Street Journal (business)
magazines are published weekly, some monthly. You can find English-language
magazines in many large cities around the world. If you cannot find the
magazine you want in your town, you may be able to order it for delivery. Many
magazines have pictures which can help your understanding. You will need an
intermediate level for most magazines, but a pre-intermediate level may be ok
for some magazines.
magazines on every subject:
divided mainly into:
(history, biography, travel, cooking etc)
(stories and novels)
books are easier to read than others. It often depends on the author. Agatha
Christie, for example, wrote in an easier style and with simpler vocabulary
than Stephen King. You can buy books in specialised English-language bookshops
around the world. You may also be able to find some English-language books in
stories can be a good choice when learning a language because they are...short.
It's like reading a whole book in a few pages. You have all the excitement of a
story in a book, but you only have to read 5,000 or 10,000 words. So you can
quite quickly finish the story and feel that you have achieved something. Short
stories are published in magazines, in books of short stories, and on the
books that are specially published to be easy to read. They are short and with
simple vocabulary. They are usually available at different levels,
should be able to find the right level for you. Many readers are stories by
famous authors in simple form. This is an excellent way for you to start