If you haven’t been in the lab recently or you have been
focused intently on your work you may not have noticed, but we have more
than doubled the number of books we have for students to borrow.
We now have an even more amazing variety of reading
material, including stories about Mother Teresa, Brad Pitt and Wayne
Gretzky. We have romantic classics like Pride and Prejudice or adventure
stories such as The Swiss Family Robinson. Many have been modified so as to
suit all reading levels.
My students will know that I strongly recommend reading to
help with writing, spelling, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar,
idioms . . . (Do you get the picture?) Reading can help with every aspect of
the language and one can never read enough.
Reading for the simple pleasure of it is, of course, an
excellent reason to borrow one of these books; however, there are a couple
of simple practices one can perform to benefit even more from our library.
I recommend that when you borrow the books you spend some
time reading aloud. This practice not only exercises the “English muscles”
that so many of our students don’t exercise enough, but it also tunes your
ear to the sound of correct English. In this way, the next time you read
some of your own work aloud to proofread it you may recognize errors simply
by the sound.
Some of the books come with either CDs or cassettes.
Listening to the books will also tune your ear and you can follow along for
pronunciation practice. The wonderful thing about these electronic tools is
that you can always rewind and replay them (unlike your English teacher)
should you miss something important.
Please take advantage of this amazing resource. The books
are available to all students for a week at a time. We are even better than
the local library: the books are more convenient and our overdue fines are
much more reasonable!
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