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As teachers, we place great value on reading. We often say that we wished our students read more.
Like listening, reading is a receptive skill and learners need lots of exposure to written English before they can produce it for themselves. Reading helps learners extend their vocabulary and provides a variety of models for their own written skills. Teachers are often reluctant to spend time on reading in class as they think it can be done at home, but it is important that we equip learners with the skills they need to be able to read widely outside class. The first step to encouraging students to read more widely is to make them aware of how much or little they already read in English.
Some students may not enjoy reading if they are not very good at it, so it is important to try to develop their skills if they are to read more widely on their own. They need plenty of experience of being successful readers as this is likely to motivate them to want to read more.
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