How Reading Literature Will Help Develop Professional English Fluency

professional English fluency

The secret to developing your English is to immerse yourself in the language. This is easy at the English Studies Institute (ESI) as you will be learning in the heart of California surrounded by native English speakers.

But you shouldn’t just be listening to English, you should be reading it too. Reading short stories or children’s literature in English will help you improve your English.

The way we speak in any language is different from how we write. As well as this, if you want to use English in your career, you will need to know how to write emails or reports. Read on to discover how to start reading literature to improve your language skills.

Read Abridged Stories to Improve Your English for Intensive ESL Courses

Picking up a book in a foreign language can be difficult at first. Remember that reading is meant to be fun, so don’t feel like you have to sit there with a book in one hand and a dictionary in the other.

If you start with a story that you know well, this will make it easier to follow and work through any language problems. You could find the book version of your favorite film or the English translation of a book that you’ve read in your native language. There are a number of shorter abridged versions available online and in book stores so that you can start with a more reader-friendly version.

You may notice that certain words are spelled differently in different books. This is because there are small differences between American, British, and Canadian English! Don’t worry too much about this, as they are all correct.

Reading a story that you’ve read or watched before is a good way to improve your English

Reading a story that you’ve read or watched before is a good way to improve your English

Start with Books for Young Adults

You might want to reach for classic English literature like Geoffrey Chaucer or Virginia Woolf in your intensive ESL courses, but these can be difficult even for native speakers!

It’s easier to learn from children’s and young adult’s books, as these will have simpler language and can be easier to understand. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t entertaining for adult audiences.

Roald Dahl wrote stories for children, but these are still enjoyed by adults today. For example, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches have all been recreated for audiences of all ages. Similarly, Harry Potter books can be enjoyed by all ages.

Keep it Short and Sweet

Another good way to improve your professional English fluency is by reading short stories. If you do not want to spend weeks struggling through page after page of English, short stories are a good way of improving your English language skills in the beginning.

There are plenty of short stories available to read online for free on sites like Project Gutenberg, American Stories, and Classic Shorts. If you have an e-reader, you can also download samples of a book for free. This is usually the first 20% of a novel. Reading on an e-reader will also enable you to check word definitions without having to use a separate dictionary.

Using an e-reader will allow you to find the meaning of words as you read

Using an e-reader will allow you to find the meaning of words as you read

Reading literature in English will improve your writing and speaking skills. It will help you to improve your grammar and communicate like a native English speaker. It’s also a lot of fun too!

Do you want to improve your English with ESL Courses in California?

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