Reading is such a key tool to learning any subject. At our English conversation school in Otsu, we encourage our students to read, read and read! Reading is one of cheapest and most fun ways to study at home. In Otsu, we have a huge library of books for students to borrow: over 200 graded readers, kids picture books, novels, magazines and newspapers. Once you catch the reading bug, you can’t stop. The benefits of reading on language learning are numerous: increase in vocabulary, improved reading ability leading to better test scores on TOEIC and other language tests, better understanding of sentence structure from continuous reading of proper sentences and paragraphs and increased knowledge about the world in general. Reading is also convenient- next time you walk by the station, pick up a English newspaper at the convenience store. Why not take a trip to your local library? There are many great English books at the both municipal and prefecture libraries. Or just ask your teacher- very likely your school or teacher has books for you to borrow. Your teacher can also help to pick the correct level for you, so that you get the maximum benefit without the frustration of reading above your level. The best part is, the more you read, the better you get! Onwards and upwards.
Good luck and happy reading,
Edward, Smith’s School of English Otsu