What are you reading?

Are you reading a good book at the moment? How much time do you spend reading every day? Do you ever read in English when you are not studying English? Many of my students ask me how they can improve their reading but they seem unable to make the connection between improving their reading and actually reading on a regular basis. It’s great to read in class and to answer IELTS style comprehension questions but a lot of improvement in reading speed and comprehension can be made if you read for pleasure.

Buy a novel in English and read at least a page every day. What about buying a magazine or a newspaper and reading it on the train or bus on the way to college or work? You don’t have to buy one every day (unless you read a lot!) It’s not necessary to look up words you don’t understand every time. Just get used to reading in English.