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Reading is an excellent way of improving vocabulary, and to get ideas for your writing style.


What Should I Read?


A lot of students are nervous about reading because they imagine huge books and difficult newspaper articles. But in fact there are so many different things to read, and you can easily find something to suit your level, your interests and your needs.  Here are a few points to think about.


1. Read texts that you think you will enjoy.

2. Get the right level.

3. Think about your reading style.

4. Read everything around you.




Read Texts that you Think you will Enjoy


Reading can be useful without being 'serious'.  Think about your hobbies and find magazines, websites and newspaper articles relating to them. 

Remember that reading is good for your English even if you are not looking up words in a dictionary.



Get the Right Level


Look through to find something for your level, or try 'Readers'.  These are books written especially for learners of English - adults or younger students.  Some are original texts; others are classic or contemporary books that have been rewritten in simpler English.


Free samples from readers:

Cambridge Readers

Penguin Readers



Cambridge Readers

Penguin Readers

Penguin Audio Readers

Oxford Readers


As you read, ask yourself, 'Is this level ok for me, or do I need something easier or harder?'  Do you prefer an easy, relaxing read, or a book with a lot of unfamiliar words?



Think about your Reading Style


Are you a fast or a slow reader?  Do you look up every new word in your dictionary, or just a few that seem important?  Maybe you read without a dictionary, even if you don't know every word.


There are different ways of reading, and you style will probably depend on your character, and how quickly or carefully you need/want to read.  Try different styles and find one that suits you.


On the screen or on paper?

When you look at Okey-Dokey's reading practice, think about whether to read it on the screen or print it onto paper.


Paper is easy on the eye, and easy to carry, but reading on a computer has advantages too.  You can buy software that allows you to hover the mouse over a word and read its definition in your language.  Okey-Dokey also has a page of Reading Tools to help you.


Remember to be kind to your eyes and not read for too long.



Read everything around you


You can practice reading everywhere, even without a book.  If you are living in an English-speaking country, you can develop your reading skills by looking at signs, posters, leaflets, food packets, adverts - anything you see!  This often gives you cultural knowledge as well.



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