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Reading Log Page

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. 

  • You may purchase a professionally printed version of the log and support EnglishCaddy. Order in French  English

What can be entered into the Reading Log?

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.

  • Daily Lit:  Would you like to read an entire novel in English but don't have time?  Daily Lit has the solution.  You can receive serialized versions of the great novels in English delivered to your email or iphone in intervals that you choose - daily, weekly, every Tuesday, etc.
  • VOA: The Voice of America provides hundreds of daily news reports directed at people learning the English language.  Articles are simple and direct and many have audio files to accompany them.
  • East of the Web: A huge collection of short stories, both classic and modern with a great user interface allowing you to search by genre, author and even length!  A great way to escape.
  • ManyThings.org: Short stories, news articles, reports, biographies, science reports, all with audio files so you can read and listen at the same time.  Texts are short, direct and perfect for your Reading Log.
  • WordPress:  A popular blogging site with blogs on huge selection of subjects.  You're sure to find someone who blogs about things that interest you!

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.

  • Your local or university library:  Most libraries have a foreign language section and you're sure to find many publications in English.
  • Book Stores:  Again you'll find a foreign language section available to you in your local or online bookstore.  Some reliable publishers for people learning English are Penguin Readers and Oxford Bookworms. Both publishers offer 'readers' short books that target vocabulary and language structures.  Too many to list here, but check out their sites.
  • News Stands: Many newsstands offer magazines and newspapers in English.  Some popular magazines commonly available in English are: Vocable, Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic, to name a few.  Some newspapers include, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and the Economist.
  • Subscriptions:  All of the above publications are also available for subscription in Europe as well, but many other magazines and newspapers not commonly found in newsstands outside of English speaking countries are for delivery.  There are thousands of periodicals in the world, finding one in your area of interest is an easy task.

The English Reading Log is available for free use and distribution under Copy-left regulations. 

However, if you would like to order professionally printed larger editions of the reading log, click on the cover image. 

If you live in Metropolitan France click here to order directly from the publisher.

Audio Books

"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.

Libivox  A staple of the audiobook community providing free access to thousands of audiobooks. on their pages you will find all of the grand classics of literature in English.

 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.

Reading vs. Watching.

 VS. 

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!

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