|Read, read, read. A fundamental statement for a fundamental function. Reading is the best way to increase your vocabulary and to improve your comprehension of English or any other language. It improves your writing, provides for increased knowledge in different subject areas, and provides for both relaxation and a workout for your mind and imagination.|
Your reading log is one key for your success in increasing your vocabulary and thusly your comprehension of the English language. FAQ
Here is an online example of the Reading Log, you may download a copy here.
The Reading Log is formatted for A4 paper. It is down-loadable and fillable in PDF format and can be printed as single pages on A4 paper or on A3 in booklet form as shown on the left.
Just about any reading you do is compatible with your Reading Log. Articles, Books, Stories, Reviews, Travel Logs, Critiques, Essays, Research Papers, Editorials, Horoscopes, the options are limitless. The most important thing is to choose what interests you. Download some sample Reading Log entries here.
Here is a quick list of links to materials available on EnglishCaddy.
Here are some interesting resources for your Reading Log from the internet at large.
Offline Reading Resources: Of course reading existed long before the internet and listing the offline resources available to you is impossible! But here are a few ideas.
However, if you would like to order professionally printed larger editions of the reading log, click on the cover image.
"I need to improve my listening comprehension." Is something I often hear from students. And, believe it or not, reading will do that through increasing your vocabulary. But there is a way to "read' with your ears... Audio books. Listening to books is great way to engage your imagination using the spoken language instead of the written one. While there are many audio books available on the net, (see list) there is one service available that will work well with your Reading Log.
PodioBooks. PodioBooks provides mp3 versions of books, one chapter at a time. This is perfect for your Reading Log! One audio chapter = one entry in your log! PodioBooks offers many genres of contemporary novels, so there's bound to be something interesting for everyone! (Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Horror, etc.) Try it out, it can't hurt!
The Storynory Wonderfully and dramatically read short stories, with text so that you can read along. A large collection of fairly tales, classics, and original stories. Great for bedtime! Click the frog to go to the website.
Many of you have asked if television series or films are viable resources for your reading log. Yes and no is the quick answer. 'YES' because you are exposing yourself to the language, but 'NO' because it defeats the purpose of reading, thinking and engaging your imagination. By reading we visualize and exist in the world created by the author making yourself an "invisible character" engaging our imagination at full strength. In watching TV, our minds become parasitic to the images and ideas being force-fed to us by corporate networks that are more interested in selling commercials than the propagation of ideas, allowing no time for reflection, contemplation, internalization, or imagination.
In short, watching TV creates DEPENDENCE, while reading creates INDEPENDENCE!