The Power of reading for English learners 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: Jennifer

Hi! My name is Jennifer and I love teaching. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a TEFL certificate. I love to cook and travel around the world. I’m from Australia (where you find koalas and kangaroos). I love talking about different topics and meeting new people! I have been teaching for more than 10 years. My classes will always be filled with games, laughter, and motivation as well as an environment where you can feel confident and motivated to learn.

Embarking on the journey of learning a new language is exciting and new. As a bit of a bookworm, I believe that the world of literature is key to unlocking language learning and language proficiency. In this blog post, we’ll explore how reading, especially with the help of leveled materials from different publishers like Penguin and Oxford, can significantly contribute to language development. Today will learn how to incorporate practical tips to make the most out of your reading experience. 

  1. Choosing the right book

Diving into a book without considering its difficulty is like hiking a mountain without checking the trail map – you could end up lost, tired, and a bit frustrated. Reading should be enjoyable, not a battle with complex words and confusing plots. Find a book that challenges you, sparks your curiosity, but doesn’t leave you confused. It’s about finding the balance that makes the journey through the pages both enjoyable and enriching. 

One way to find the right book for you is by using publishers such as Penguin, Oxford and others. These publishers provide leveled books offering classic and contemporary literature adapted to the language learner’s needs and level. Whether it’s books for adults, teenagers or children. They provide age-appropriate content, ensuring that the themes and vocabulary align with the reader’s stage of development. 

Here are a few examples: 

Penguin Readers: 

Penguin Readers offers a wide range of graded readers that are adapted from classic and contemporary literature. They are categorized into different levels, making it easier for learners to choose books that match their reading abilities. 

Oxford Bookworms Library: 

Oxford Bookworms Library is a series of graded readers by Oxford University Press. The books are carefully graded across six levels, allowing readers to progress from elementary to advanced levels. 

Cambridge English Readers: 

Cambridge English Readers is a series of original fiction and non-fiction graded readers. The books are designed for learners of English and are categorized into different levels of difficulty. 

Macmillan Readers: 

Macmillan Readers offers a variety of adapted and original fiction books at different levels. The levels are clearly indicated, making it easy for learners to select appropriate reading material. 

Collins Big Cat Readers: 

Collins Big Cat is a series of leveled readers designed for primary school children. The books cover a wide range of genres and are categorized into different color bands indicating difficulty levels. 

Usborne Young Reading Series: 

Usborne offers the Young Reading Series, which includes leveled books designed for different reading stages. The series covers a variety of subjects and genres to cater to different interests. 

  1. Read aloud and record yourself:

Reading a book out loud and recording your voice is a powerful technique. This practice not only helps with pronunciation but also boosts confidence in spoken English. Compare your recordings over time to see your progress. 

  1. New vocabulary:

Learning new words is inherent in reading. Instead of pausing to check every unfamiliar word, focus on those that appear frequently or seem crucial to the plot. Context clues will often provide meaning, and this selective approach allows for a more enjoyable reading experience while still expanding your vocabulary. 

  1. Immerse yourself in context:

Books provide a rich context for language use. Dive into narratives that interest you, exposing yourself to diverse sentence structures, idiomatic expressions, and colloquial language. The more you immerse yourself, the more natural these linguistic elements become in your own communication. 

  1. Regular reading habits:

Consistency is key. Establish a routine for reading in English, even if it’s just a few pages a day. This habit reinforces language patterns, enhances comprehension, and gradually builds a solid foundation for advanced language skills. 

  1. Explore different genres:

Broaden your language horizons by exploring various genres. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, mystery, or romance, each genre introduces unique language styles and thematic vocabulary. This diversity enhances your linguistic repertoire and makes your learning experience dynamic and engaging. 

In the world of learning languages, reading is crucial for improving fluency. Books from different publishers are available at various difficulty levels, acting as personalized guides for learners of all ages and abilities. By reading aloud, learning new words selectively, and making reading a habit, English learners can use literature effectively to develop their language skills. So, grab a book, start reading, and watch your English improve. Happy reading! 

– Jennifer

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