Students urged to develop reading habits

Students urged to develop  reading habits
Updated 12 December 2014
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Students urged to develop reading habits

Students urged to develop  reading habits

Many schools are encouraging reading habits to help Saudi students improve their English language skills and to develop accuracy, fluency and vocabulary, which can help them to qualify for the universities.
Fatima Khalid, principal at a government school said, “Since reading is a basic tool to learn any language and the most effective instrument that a learner possesses to achieve success in education and one’s future career, we have organized extra hours for reading. Reading stimulates inquiry, helps in generating ideas and motivates students to think. It supports the curriculum by enhancing language competence.”
“We also use material that would interest students such as newspapers and educational magazines, as one of the tools to motivate reading and later engaging the attained information into some in-class discussion. Such extra-curricular activities not only incline them toward developing English skills, but also help in increasing cultural awareness and their understanding of the world,” she added.
Similarly, few schools are adapting ways and means to instil the love of reading in their students and understanding of the language with its help. However, some schools are also teaching the basics of English and vocabulary more suited to popular courses like mathematics, science and sociology.
Charline Jeff, an English teacher at a private school said, “Many parents complained that their children were struggling to get good grades in English which are much needed as a prerequisite for their degrees. Therefore, we thought to enhance the English curriculum, which involves learning basic grammar, writing and reading skills in different subjects.” She added that they are helping students to enjoy learning English with a number of innovative strategies like creating an English book club to promote reading, practicing dictionary skills and initiating an essay-writing competition.
Schools have been encouraged to integrate reading as a part of their assessment not only to improve the student’s language, but also to stimulate the imagination and for the appreciation of literature.