It makes your brain work to figure out the meaning of things, and examine them as well. It makes you have to work and think about things, in ways that you normally wouldn’t. It also helps you expand your vocabulary, which makes your brain think because you have to know and realize the meanings of a word to fully understand a piece of literature. It’s truly amazing how much literature can make you think so hard, yet please you and make you feel happy at the same time.
Nowadays, many people think reading is not necessary, since there are so many sources of information and types of entertainment, such as TV, cinema and the Internet. I believe they are wrong because reading is very beneficial in many ways. Good reading skills are very important in learning languages. Reading improves spelling because as students learn to sound out letters and words, spelling comes easier. It helps to expand the vocabulary, since the best way to acquire a large vocabulary is to read.
The use of devices such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, repetition, etc. serve the purpose of improving writing. Not only does a writer’s prose improve when they master the use of literary devices, but his or her brainpower is also improved, thus creating a higher potential for intelligent thoughts. Similarly, a person with the ability to effectively use literary devices will also be able to share their thoughts with the world in a clear and precise manner. Of course, this only works if the person has a firm grasp on their ability to read and write, avoiding bad writing habits.
She did not know much English so I knew she needed to start off on an easy reading level. Having someone with a different first language learn to read English was challenging. I had to explain why vowels had different sounds and the different pronunciation of words. I realized that English was much more difficult than I had thought. Learning the language a little at a time throughout my life had made English easy for me to learn, but seeing someone else try to learn it made me understand how learning a new language, especially English, was hard.
They do not want to know all of these rules they are not interested. They want to learn English. They want to talk, read, and write in English. So, how do we as teachers of English as a second language grammar teaching them important and give them what we need, instead of boring them to death with the regulations contained in hokum grammar itself. It's actually quite easy to teach grammar in context and in a fun way.
(Williams 1) Good writing lets us know something about the writer even if it is technical. To be interesting we need some insight into the person’s feelings and thoughts. Writing should be something we enjoy not something that we dread or fear. Most people, students especially, have come to hate writing because they don’t know the “rules” and are afraid to make mistakes. It seems that people are more concerned with correct grammar then content.
In the reading, "The Theory behind the Dictionary: Cultural Literacy and Education," they had some great reasoning for their ideas. I liked the author’s whole explanation of someone may know how to read, but until they fully understand the whole background of what they are reading, they are not getting anything from the reading. The reader and the author are not "communicating." They also explain why reading ability measured in how well a person can understand diverse kinds of writing on numerous subjects. I feel that they could not be any more correct.
Furthermore, people are not reading their books and they are acquiring less and less intellectual knowledge, which is undoubtedly hurting our society. Books need to be read because they contain important information that will brighten people’s intelligence, and will not mess with their head like the internet. Because of internet sites like google or spark notes, books are known but are not being read. In a matter of seconds, we are able to locate an answer. But what’s the point of getting the answer if you’re not learning?
One must learn ways of understanding a book and what it is trying to get across, because text carries emotion to a great extend and people just don’t seem to know. This is why reading is essential not only to one’s education but to one’s life as well. I completely agree with what Adler mentions in the article. If a person does not make notes of what he or she is reading, then he or she is only processing text trough their mind and not receiving the message that is the subject at hand. If one is able to understand the significance of the writing then not only can a person develop better writing and communication skills but also gain an experience.
Keeping them engaged with text is a definite must. There are not many people that would like to read a boring piece of text… unless it is for a research paper. However, if we are able to tap into the students overall ideas of their interests and pair that with a book, then it becomes interesting. Even giving them a choice of their preferred reading material is a good way to go, pending the approval of the teacher of course. The goal is the keep the students reading the majority of non-fiction books, however, any reading will help to expand their vocabulary and increase their fluency and comprehension.