Reading

 reading speed                   BENEFIT                 reading skills & strategy
a little easy (books)        MATERIAL              a little difficult (web?)
read fast, have fun!                STYLE           strategic (find main points)
no!        DICTIONARY?                   sometimes



Extensive Reading - 多読   

Guide in Japanese: 英書を読もう

If you read a lot of English texts that are not too difficult, you can naturally learn:
* vocabulary    * grammar     * language use    * culture

Reading may be the best way to learn English naturally because we can process English texts more quickly than we can by listening.



1. Check these links to find "a little bit easy" but fun books (called "graded readers"):
  • A12 Book List (there are also readers in the library & L-cafe)   /    Most Popular Books!
  •                            

  • Check the story and the level on the back of the book. (In A12, you can use the chart & sticker color to find the level. You can also find your exact reading level here.) 


2. Start a book and enjoy! If the story is not interesting or if there are many difficult words on one page, find a new book.



3. Record what you read. Your teacher may ask you to confirm you read the book by using  M-reader.






Intensive Reading - 精読
Reading authentic English articles on the web helps you build your reading skills & strategies. These skills are very important in the information age; English-reading ability means you have access to more knowledge so you can study, work, and play better!
   
  * There are 10 times more pages on the internet in English than Japanese!
 * There are over 4 times more pages on English Wikipedia (4 million) than Japanese    Wikipedia. 
  * For English newspaper websites, you can usually read the whole article. In Japanese, you can only read a small part.


To improve your reading skills, try the following steps:
1. Find an interesting article (* see below).
2. Preview the title, organization, & images. Think about the topic and article before reading.
3. Read and try your best to understand the main points (don't worry about everything).

When you can’t understand a word or sentence, use the best reading strategy for the situation.
   1st: Try to guess the meaning.
      > 2nd: If you can’t guess the meaning, skip it if you think it is not important.

           >3rd: If you can’t guess AND the word is important, use a dictionary.

                ALC Dictionary  
             (hint: it is faster to open in a separate window on the side of the page you read)
              Rikai.com: (URLをカット&ペーストして > マウスを単語の上におくだけで意味が分かります。)
                   

* Search Google in ENGLISH for a topic you like / need. You can even choose the level.

News:
Breaking News English (all levels; speed reading, quizzes and other activities)
VOA (easy English) 
Japan Times  Mainichi         Guardian (UK)       CNN (US) 
     Rocket News (funny news about Japan) Yahoo Odd News (funny news)
                           
Academic:
NationalGeographicEncyclopedia (science, with quizzes vocab help)  
JapanTimes Tech       Wikipedia     

See the sites for each faculty for more reading material:


Fun topics:

Wikivoyage (travel)                 CommonSenseMedia (movies, music, games)   
MSNLiving (fashion, relationships)    JapanTimes Sports Mainichi Sports / Life (food, travel)