So you say you want to start a READING PROGRAM as I advised? Reading for FUN? Reading to improve your grades? Whatever your reason for wanting to start a READING PROGRAM we don't discriminate here. We'll let you in on the secret to developing critical thinking skills, improved comprehension, an impressive internal database of vocabulary and ideas galore. You will be amazed. You will impress friends, family and your teachers with your eloquent expression and sense of style! No time to lose! Start now to see immediate results...
FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS TO ENLIGHTENMENT:
1. Get a public library card.
2. Go to the library, and borrow a book. Bring with you a list of books that your friends, family or teachers have recommended. Or work your way through the classics. Check out the reading lists (see resources side bar) to find something you like if you don't know what you like. Ask the librarian for help if you can't find anything.
Tips: No picture books, magazines or newspapers. Get NOVELS. Aim for a novel that is slightly above your reading level. If you're looking up every second word, it's not a good thing. If you don't like a novel, drop it for a better one. If you liked a certain novel in the past, find the author's name and read the author's other books.
3. Rule of thumb: read 30 minutes to 1 hour per day. More if you can do it. My 8 year old daughter sometimes reads for hours at a time on the weekends. If she can do that, surely a 16 year old can? If you want me to list a magical "number" of good English novels that you should read, then I'll give you some numbers...the majority of these books would probably be read during school breaks or during the summer; but you should also be reading during the school year.
  • ESL STUDENTS: 20+ novels a year (more if you want to go to university)
  • ENGLISH 10 STUDENTS: 20+ novels a year
  • En11 STUDENTS DETERMINED TO GO TO UNIVERSITY: 30+ novels a year
  • En 12 STUDENTS DETERMINED TO GO TO UNIVERSITY: 20+ novels a year (assuming you read 30+ novels last year!)


FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE PARENTS THAT ARE WILLING TO SPRING FOR AN E-READER:

  • Celebrate your good fortune and thank your parents. Either a Kindle (Amazon) or a Kobo (Chapters) will do.
  • Tips: don't buy the e-reader in colour. Don't get an e-reader with games on it. You won't need it. You'll be reading. You don't need an e-reader to surf the net. You want a dedicated e-reader that is easy on your eyes and you can take wherever you go...you can even read e-ink in the sun. You already have other electronic devices for games, social media and so on. What you want right now is a plain ol' e-reader and nothing else. Besides, a dedicated e-reader is cheaper. eg. Kobo Touch eReader; Kobo Wifi...