October 19, 2007

Learning English Through Reading

I have been learning English for a long time, but I am still looking for the most suitable learning style for me. And I felt the more I learnt the more I need to complete my learning style; in another word, I improve my learning style while I am learning English.

My learning style in the university is that I first read the text book before classes in order to get a greneral impression about the content of the text. At the same time I underline the complex sentences which are difficult to understand; so I will pay more attention to these sentences in class. Secondly, after classe I will review the text to understand deeply. Thirdly, before the exams I always check with the text book and combine with my notes to remember the tenor; and the more significant thing is that I will try my best to retell the content to myself to make sure that I really understand it.

During my study I found learning vocabulary through reading was a very good way. Because in the text book there are many words that I never encountered and most of them will be repeated several times; it is easy for me to remember a word which appears so many times. It is also the reason why I'd like to read the text several times.

However, I think my worst skill is listening, I really need a lot of practices to improve it, so I think I have gotten a good environment in UK, and I hope I could get more chance to communicate with the local people.

In conclusion, according to my experence reading is useful; it not only helps me to understand the context but also expends my lexis and reading is beneficial for my academic writing. I will try my best to read.

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  1. Tilly Harrison

    This is a useful blog as you tell us clearly how you go about preparing for academic listening – these are important strategies so I hope they are helping you. As for listening, it’s true that you are in a good environment for that but you must still make sure that you focus on what you hear. How about listening to the BBC news online?

    12 Nov 2007, 02:17

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