As globalization takes hold of our collective society, the English language is quickly becoming the universal language for many reasons. For one, business across borders as well as over the internet, whether it is conducted by small companies or multi-national corporations is largely conducted in English. Global politics and diplomacy are largely conducted in English as well. In fact, English is the world’s second largest native language, the official language in 70 countries, and English-speaking nations are responsible for about 40 percent of the world’s total Gross National Product. Part of this can be attributed to the USA’s status as a major world power in economic, political and military aspects and by the huge influence of American movies.
Reading is an activity that keeps the brain very active. When we read we create a mental scene, comprehend what the writer is saying, and form an opinion about what is being said. There are many different mental processes taking place at once. This means that the reader actually has to do some work, especially if English is not their native language. However, for those learning the English language, reading in English can be very beneficial when improving English language skills.
Reading English to improve English
When reading English to learn English, many new words are encountered. If too many new words are encountered, then the reading level may be too high at that particular moment and a book written for a lower level may be needed. Once the simpler book is completed and understood, then a book at a higher level can be taken on. To make learning less overwhelming, there should be no more than 5 new words per page in order for the new words to be easily understood. Having 5 new words at most will enable the reader to easily learn without the help of a dictionary and add those words to their vocabulary.
Reading books to learn English allows the