If you are reading this post in the month of March 2020 when it was written, you probably have been affected by the Coronavirus. A huge THANK YOU to those who have to work harder and often longer than normal – often at the risk of your own health. We cannot express our thanks and appreciation enough.
Because of being quarantined – either voluntary or mandatory, many of us have a lot more time on our hands than we normally would. This is a good time to think of a suggestion I give to all of my students and anyone else who desires to learn English…
Read Read Read!
No matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or even advanced learner of English, reading is a great way to improve your English language skills.
As I have said many times before, starting with Children’s Books and working your way up is a good method to use – even for more advanced learners. When I taught Business English there was not one time that at least a couple of students (often more) didn’t learn something new.
Reading “Graded Readers” is a great way to do some vocabulary building and to see if you actually understand what you are reading. Graded Readers are written for specific reading levels, and often have vocabulary and comprehension exercises. Reading for understanding is very important. When I used to tutor school students I often had them read something from their textbooks. They were a bit surprised to see that some words or phrases meant something different than what they thought.
Listening to audio books and reading the text at the same time is possible is a good way to connect how words look to how they should sound.
Read Out Loud!
Reading out loud trains your eyes, ears and tongue. This helps vocabulary and phrases “stick to your brain” better. It’s of course ideal when there is someone who can listen to you read so that you get an idea of what you need to work on. If the English of the person who is listening is not as good as yours, at least you have an audience!
Don’t Just Think About It…
… DO IT! All of the advice in the world wont help you unless you actually apply the suggestions given. The technology that we have today makes it easier than ever before to learn or improve your English. There are many products and services on my website, and there are many resources across the internet that can help you on your way to learning or improving your English language skills.
John L. Brewer