Shaping The Reading Skills
Shaping our reading skills and interest allow us to build a specific desired behavior and qualities that we tend to nurture by setting reading goals to be more mindful of how we are improving each time we engage ourselves in reading, and mastering each steps for us to achieve better reading skills and enhances our reading interest.
A specific circumstance that help to shaped my reading and reading interest is when I reached my college days. I am pressured with my fellow classmates and teachers since all of them spoke in English fluently and in an effortless way. At the same time, I was amazed on how they converse during discussion with confidence. I was motivated to enhance my speaking skills so, I tried to learn first various set of words through reading some books. I tried to visit the library and spent my free time in reading various literary books since I really like those stuffs. I had read a lot of new words and tried to figure its meaning through the aid of dictionary. From that time, I’m starting to read but there are some moments that I was not interested anymore so I neglect reading books and do such things that can ease my boredom. As of the moment, I able to continue shaping my reading and reading interest because I found the comfort and pleasure I’m seeking whenever I read books through literature. I learn to appreciate its richness and I able to connect myself to the text by empathizing with the characters involve, and to author by feeling every emotion he inflicts to his masterpiece. It helps my mind focused and I can handle myself not to be distracted since I’m already hook to it. Since literature contains profound words that are difficult to comprehend, it helps me to deepen my vocabularies and enhances my reading skills and strategies for better comprehension.
We read to understand the words written on various books and to establish a strong connection with them. But, students like me have different taste and interest when it comes to various types of texts. We like to read those preferably books that we find convenient for us to read, and we chose books that caught our interest and those easy to comprehend. As for me, I prefer to read literary books since I was used to read it since my childhood days like short stories and many more. As I grow up trying to intensify my reading skills and interest, I tried to read books containing profound set of words for me to sharpen my vocabularies like non-literary books which includes academic texts. I discovered that as I read them, hundreds of words are unfamiliar to me and having no any idea that its existing. For me to understand it, I sought their meanings through the aid of dictionary but I am still stuck reading and understanding the whole context for a couple of minutes. Unfamiliar terminologies are really difficult especially I tried to skip reading that without analyzing its implication to the whole context. I realized that I am lacking in terms of my reading comprehension and I need to take an action to enhance it through engaging myself more in reading various reading materials. Aside from that, the challenges that I always encountered when I’m reading a particular text is my lack of concentrations. I always lost my focus especially when I cannot avoid being distracted and my whole attention will be diverted to any unnecessary distractions. I will read it again at the beginning to recall my ideas regarding with the book’s content. And one of the reasons why I am absent-minded and forgetful when reading a particular text is my lack of interest, I am not fond of reading that or I find it too boring to read.
The lessons I get from those experiences is that, I am not still an effective reader wherein my mind is not focused on a given material for the reason that I can be easily distracted with the things that can always interrupts me, and I am picky in choosing a book to read since I find some of the books not attention-grabbing especially those books that we used for academic purposes. With this experiences, I have learned that I need to train myself more to appreciate all various types of text for me to embrace it whole-heartedly. I learned that I have struggles especially reading a tedious material and I should practice to engage myself in active reading. I should strive hard to find a comfortable and quiet place to read books and try not to check or use my phone during my study session to avoid being distracted. I’ve learned from those experiences to block all possible interruptions so that I could put all my attention and a portion of my time to read various reading materials, and soon I may be fascinated in reading a lot. And, through reading from time to time can deepen my vocabularies and it helps me to easily unlock given profound words cited on the books by analyzing the whole context of the sentence and it enhances my reading speed to extract information more efficiently in just a limited time. In order for me to improve my reading skills and to be an effective reader, I should set a time to read one book or text every day and set reading goals. And, lastly I should take notes while reading and determines its whole purpose.
To be a good language teacher, she/he must possess good qualities such as being proficient in language, extraordinary reading skills, speaking and listening skills by demonstrating a good use of vocabulary and has command over the words. As for me, I had encountered a lot of difficulties in shaping my reading skills, but I am not still giving up because I am trying my best to overcome this challenges and try to make it as my motivation to continue for the best. I may use these experiences to become an effective language teacher hoping and must do to be proficient enough in mastering the things that I am not still good at such as phonemic awareness, fluency in communicating and speaking, deep and strong vocabularies, and reading comprehension. By forcing myself to be excellent and turn my difficulties into progressive results, then I could able to become an effective language teacher and teach my future students to become effective learners with the exact information and learnings that they should acquire.