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  • Why do I need to improve my reading?

  • Because good reading skills will improve your overall English language skills!

  • So let me tell you how you can improve your reading!

  • After spending many years in school, we think we're good at reading.

  • But what if I tell you we're not?

  • And that reading greatly affects our ability to learn a language.

  • Let me explain: First, reading can improve your vocabulary.

  • Studies show that reading significantly improves people's receptive vocabulary.

  • These are words that you might not necessarily be able to produce, but you can recognize them and understand them when you read them in a text.

  • Studies have also shown that vocabulary is most important when learning a new language.

  • Second, by actively observing the text, you can improve your grammar.

  • Basically, your grammar improves when you're paying attention to what you're reading and follow the patterns of the text.

  • This will enhance other skills, such as writing, or speaking.

  • And it's especially important if you're trying to learn English for academic or business purposes.

  • Here are four ways to improve your reading.

  • Number one.

  • Read, and read as much as possible!

  • There're so many things you can read in English: books, magazines, articles, newspapers, and of course our Interactive English lessons!

  • Our advice to you? Read something you like!

  • If you like history, read about history. If you like sports, read about sports.

  • Just choose something that will keep you reading.

  • And remember: practice makes perfect.

  • Whatever it is you're reading, read it more than once.

  • The second way to improve your reading is to check your comprehension.

  • Sure, you read something, but how do you know you understand it?

  • Well, for example, if you're reading an academic article, you can write down the main idea of each paragraph.

  • Then, when you're done reading, you have a summary of the entire article.

  • Or, if you're reading a storybook, check your comprehension by paraphrasing what you've read.

  • You can either write it or say it in your own words.

  • If you have difficulty paraphrasing what you've read, then this will show you that you probably need to reread the story.

  • And of course, you can check your comprehension by practicing with us!

  • In our videos, we ask you comprehension questions and we'll help you find the right answer if you make a mistake.

  • The third way to improve your reading? Read at the right speed!

  • Let your hand be your guide.

  • Put your finger on the text and move it along as you read.

  • This will help you find the right speed for you that will maximize your comprehension.

  • If you're looking for a challenge, there are many speed reading exercises online.

  • Or you can also practice with us!

  • In many of our reading videos, we show you texts that move at the speed of a native English speaker.

  • Look, this may be challenging, but it will train your mind to start reading faster.

  • The fourth and final way to improve your reading is to interact and engage with the text.

  • Ask questions about what you are reading, just like you would ask to another person.

  • For example, before you read, you might ask: Who is the main character? Or when do these events take place?

  • Then look for the answers while you read.

  • If you're an advanced English learner, think of questions with more substance.

  • What is the author trying to tell you?

  • Does he or she make compelling points?

  • Does the author show any bias?

  • When you interact with the text, you will become a better, more efficient reader.

  • And you will have a lot more fun reading, as well!

  • We hope you find these suggestions helpful.

  • Be sure to check out our video lessons in order to learn and practice your reading skills.

  • We love to hear from our students.

  • In the comments below, let us know what you enjoy reading!

  • We'll see you next time! Bye!

Why do I need to improve my reading?

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How to Improve Your Reading Skills

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    Vivian Chen posted on 2019/06/04
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