How to Read Storybooks
Can I Practice Reading with Storybooks?
Taking reading tests is a must for IELTS candidates. There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to reading. Newspapers, magazines, newsfeeds, course books, etc. Short storybooks are also amazing sources for improving your general English. But you need to be extra careful when it comes to storybooks. Just follow these important steps and you’ll be fine.
1- Read as Much as You Can
Reading good books gives you a good range of vocabulary. You will learn how to use the new words in sentences. Not to mention several new words which are among the most frequently used words in English. In addition, the greatest writers ever lived are avid readers; there are stories of famous writers who had spent hours in libraries, reading books day and night, and talking to their friends about the book they either are reading now or have just finished recently.
2- Read by Standards
Each standard storybook comes with a chart in which you can find different language levels ranging from Beginners to Advanced. Choose the storybooks that are one level below your current level of English proficiency. For example, if you are an Intermediate learner (B1), read storybooks that are labeled as pre-intermediate. We are reading storybooks to internalize the words we already know, so it’s different from course books or other educational materials.
If you are unsure about your current level of English proficiency, spend less than 20 minutes and Test Your English here.
3- Choose Enjoyable Storybooks
If you don’t like the subject, you won’t learn much. The storybook must be unputdownable for you. Learning a new language is a joy, not a task, so it is imperative to have fun learning as we read along. Also, there is a wide range of books to choose from. From thriller to romance, from classic, famous novels to New York bestsellers, you can always find one that appeals to you.
To see a complete list of storybooks, visit Penguin Readers website.
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