Reading, reading, reading again… It’s a waste of time.
Sometimes we can hear that reading is not useful for practising fluent English speaking. But this is a big mistake.
First of all, reading widens the student’s vocabulary, it helps understand the rules of correct using the words and phrases in real speech (writing or oral). What is more, it gives us lot of information about the world.
ESL reading is a specific kind of reading. It must encourage students to learn language, show him his progress. So you have to be very careful while choosing a proper book.
Don’t forget ,too much new words can make reading too difficult for readers and this can possibly lead to refusing from learning language.
I’m sure the books for learners should be exciting, meaningful, and understandable.
Using reading for developing speaking skills
As for using reading for developing speaking skills , it can be extremely useful if you follow these rules of reading:
- If you want to have a good and correct pronunciation, use audio books. It’s not a big problem to find them in the web nowadays;
- You shouldn't read more then one page if you are a beginner;
- Listen to a speaker and follow him;
- Record your voice using any device you have and then listen to your own pronunciation and correct it;
- Write down all new and interesting words and phrases. Try to use them in your everyday life, even speaking in front of your own mirror reflection .
- Retell the story in your own words.
And the last thing I’d like to emphasize here is preference of using authentic books and newspapers. They'll give you examples of English (American, Australian, Canadian…) reality, lifestyle, humour and history.
Let me recommend you an awesome book that can beused for reading and learning English . It's Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. You can read it here