“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go.” Dr Seuss
My name is Kayo Hawkins and I am a Japanese Instructor at Aardvark Learning Academy. English is my second language and I achieved IELTS academic 8. In this blog post, I would like to share a few of my key reading strategy and tips with all of you who are trying to improve your English performance or IELTS-ESL exam results.
First of all, what is important to improve your English skill is to read academic contents effectively, and with genuine curiosity using your background knowledge from your experience in your own native language (L1), mother tongue. Background knowledge in your own language is critical, crucial to building new meanings, comprehension of academic words in English (L2).
Activate Prior Knowledge from L1 to navigate L2
Choose a book that you already know well in your language. For example, if you graduated university in your home country with business degree, read a book that discusses the familiar aspect of business you studied. If you were good at math in high school, a book that is targeted for the general audience to understand math concept in our daily routine.
Even non-academic books and magazines from the local Library related to your hobby (computer programming, fishing, cooking, knitting, painting, DIY etc). would be better than reading nothing at all in English. Remember, immersion in the English language through reading every day is what is important to developing speed, vocabulary & fluency in every other aspect of your English skills.
There are two benefits that this kind of Reading offer ESL Adults:
Earn New English
No matter if you are a native speaker of one language or a learner of a new language, it is always essential to read more to be familiar with more vocabulary, grammar use, and of course earn new knowledge. Notice here, I say earn new knowledge, not learn. You have to study hard to earn new knowledge in English as a second language (ESL). So go to the local library and become a member, start searching for the book of your area of study and interest today. It will take you to another level as an English speaker, just as Dr. Seuss recommended in his book: “the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go.”
Kayo's Tips to be a more effective Reader in English:
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