Improving Reading Skills

How to Improve Reading

I’ve done episodes on Listening, Speaking and Writing. So naturally, I thought I’d cover reading today.

I’ll give lots of practical tips and random pieces of advice that you can implement when reading.

Some Tips

  • Read anything you enjoy 
  • Consider avoiding newspapers (Do you read them in your own language?)
  • Probably avoid children’s books
  • Consider graded readers (I’m slowly adding these resources to Level Up English) – You can also find them on Amazon
  • Non-fiction is often easier (I find it more interesting too)
  • Find a good source of blogs that interest you (eg. Blogs on gardening) 
  • Non-fiction is also easier to talk about with friends and teachers and perhaps more useful
  • If you understand less than 95% of the book, it may be too difficult.
  • Get comfortable not knowing the meaning of every word
  • Consider getting the Audio Book to go along with the text.

One Reading Method

  1. Read a text through at a natural speed and see how much you can understand
  2. Read it once again and note and study any new vocabulary
  3. Read it a final time after having learnt the vocabulary, now you should understand everything

Join Level Up English

Sign up to Level Up English to access online courses and join our global learning community.

Sign Up

1 thought on “#107 Improving Your English Reading Skills”

  1. I usually read a novel or book which has a movie version, then I can watch the movie without subtitles and check my understanding of the story and characters. Here are some books that I’ve read and they have a movie version
    The call of wild
    The three musketeers
    The little women
    Gone with wind
    Less miserable
    Thank you for the perfect podcasts 💯

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top