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English Reading Diary

Recently many colleges have introduced Extensive Reading programs for their English students. The idea is that reading large amounts—without stopping too much to use a dictionary—can make English learning quicker and smoother. Students keep track of their reading and submit it to their professors at the end of each semester. Colleges have a large supply of graded readers, etc. for students to borrow, but what can the non-student English learner do?

 I keep a simple diary of my work, reading, and other activities. I’m not good at writing a lot, so I just note actual activities. Some days I have lots of work to do and my hobbies—such as reading and exercise—are ignored. I notice that people, myself included, tend to feel guilty when we don’t accomplish everything we want to. A simple diary is a nice record of accomplishments and a good way to keep track of business and “busy-ness.”

 You can set yourself up for success by using a small pocket diary or a wall calendar with space to write. Reading a few articles a week will quickly fill it up!

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最近、多くの大学でExtensive Reading (多読)プログラムが導入されています。いちいち辞書を引いて少量の英語を精読するより、多くの英語を読むほうが早くまたスムーズに英語を学べるという考えからです。このようなプログラムでは、大量の貸し出し図書が用意され、学生は読書記録を付けて学期末に担当教授に提出します。学生ならばこのような動機づけを得られますが、一般人はどうすれば良いでしょう?


 読書日誌をつけるには、小型の手帳や書き込みスペースのあるカレンダーがあれば十分です。いくつか英文記事を読むだけでも、一週間分のスペースは十分に埋まっていきます! (デボラ)