Reading is one of the most important parts of language learning. Stories allow students to easily practice all four language skills- listening, speaking, reading, and writing. A good reading passage can highlight a student’s language abilities. In addition to reading, students can listen to one another read and then answer spoken or written questions about the story. Pronunciation and listening skills are essential for good reading. There are three main ways to perfect your reading skills. Students should read out loud, practice reading comprehension, and most importantly, have fun!
Reading out loud in a group is an excellent way to improve a variety of language skills. When it is his or her turn to read, your student practices pronunciation by saying the words out loud. When other students are reading, your student must listen closely and follow along through the passage. By listening and reading in front of one another, students can understand how the different sounds are spelled and spoken. Reading out loud can easily be turned into a game with students taking turn reading one paragraph, one sentence, one word, or even one sound at a time. Finally, reading out loud is a group activity that enhances a sense of cooperation and teamwork.
When reading in a group, students must listen closely to one another. First, they must know where in the passage they should read when it is their turn. Listening closely to the story will also allow for a greater understanding of its meaning. Reading comprehension ensures that students can answer spoken and written questions about the story afterwards. Stories often convey a message that can teach our students good life lessons. Although it is important to recognize words and say them correctly it is also important to understand the content of the story. And most importantly, understanding a story lets students delve into topics of their choosing and have fun.
Once students begin to see the benefits of reading they can start to enjoy it. Find stories that cater to the interests of your student and try to read along with them at home. It doesn’t matter if they’re funny stories or scary stories, stories about dinosaurs or princesses. As long as your student has an interest in the content they will be more likely to associate reading with fun. There are also a number reading games you can play with your student to make reading more fun. Once a child enjoys reading, language learning is no longer a task but a hobby. Then students can choose a story, read out loud, listen closely and have fun all while practicing their language skills!