Happy World Book Day! Here are 5 Good Reasons to Read:
Did you know that March 7th is World Book Day? Organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Book Day is recognized by countries across the world and seeks to promote books and reading! In order to celebrate, we’ve compiled 5 amazing benefits of reading. So, read on!
Whether you’re trying to learn a new language or improve your concentration, reading can help you:
Increase your second-language proficiency:
One of the fastest ways to improve your second-language proficiency is to read! Research published by the International Literacy Association and Wiley compared the language skills of a group of students given high-interest books to one that was not. The study found that after eight months, the students who had been exposed to the books progressed in their reading and listening comprehension skills at twice the normal rate. After 20 months, the progress had increased further and extended to related language skills. The researchers concluded that when it comes to second-language learning, high-interest story reading has a very important role to play. So, if you’re struggling with improving your second-language skills, pick up a good book. Not sure where to start? Join one of our programs and share book recommendations and language learning resources with fellow learners. When you sign up with LRDG, you get plugged into its communication network: Chit Chat. Thanks to Chit Chat, you can connect with other learners via text, audio, and video and share language learning tips, tricks, and of course, your favourite books!
Improve your memory:
Reading is to your brain what a full-body workout is to your body. You might not look like you’re doing much by lounging on the couch reading, but you’re giving yourself a full-brain workout. Reading requires your brain to work on comprehension, fluency, and phonemic awareness. Several brain functions, including visual and auditory processes, are involved. While you read, your brain needs to take in letters, words, and whole narratives. This sharpens your memory muscles!
Grow your attention span:
Do you find yourself distracted by everyone and everything while you try to focus on learning? A great way to keep yourself focused in this age of distraction is simply to read! It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that research at the University of Oslo suggests that people read a printed page differently than how they read words on a screen. When you’re online, you’re more easily distracted – multitasking and clicking between all the tabs you have open. Luckily at LRDG, working online with a tutor keeps you focused; but in between sessions, what better way to grow your attention span than to open up a good book?
Researchers at the New School in New York City gave participants excerpts of literary, genre (popular), nonfiction, or nothing to read and then tested their ability to infer and understand other people’s thoughts and emotions (in other words, empathy). Those who had read literary fiction showed increased capacity for empathy.
According to researchers at Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy, reading about the feelings and actions of a character, activates a part of your brain called the central sulcus which is responsible for primary sensory motor activity. This means that if, for example, you read about a character jumping for joy after winning the lottery, a part of your brain may act as though it’s you who is celebrating getting rich! How’s that for a benefit of growing your empathy? If improving your language skills isn’t strong enough motivation, read to become a better person and share in the joy of others! How’s that for a benefit of growing your empathy? If improving your language skills isn’t strong enough motivation, read to become a better person and share in the joy of others!
Expand your vocabulary:
Whether you’re a native speaker or just want to sound like one, reading is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary! While you’re engrossed in a book, your brain will be filing away all sorts of new words and expressions you wouldn’t otherwise learn. While each of LRDG’s language-learning modules includes sections on useful phrases, expressions, and vocabulary, reading is a great way to accelerate your learning.
What do you love best about reading? Do you have a favourite book? Please let us know in the comments!
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