Reading Methods

Here you will find methods to improve reading. Starred articles are among the ten best on the site.

SHADOWING

11/07/20

Learn what I consider to be the single best method for learning a foreign language

 Also appears in READING / LISTENING / SPEAKING

PACING

03/08/20

This is an excellent method that can stand alone or be used after Shadowing a text. It focuses on reading and listening, with the added option of speaking. 

 Also appears in READING / LISTENING / Speaking 

Readers

12/08/20

Want to get to a solid B2 level by reading captivating stories? Well, this tutorial will help you to do just that.

Sifting

19/08/20

How do you know whether or not a text is appropriate for your level? The traditional levels may not tell the whole story for your PERSONAL ability. This method might just help.

Choosing L2

Books and Audiobooks

10/09/20

Talented polyglot and all-round nice guy Kyle Maschmeyer, aka The Armchair Linguist, shares with us his advice and experience that comes from a lifetime of living and breathing foreign languages. Pens at the ready!

About Me

My name is Neil and I have been teaching English professionally for almost 20 years, the last ten of which at my language school. 

Apart from a diploma in teaching English as a foreign language (Cert Tesol), I have a BA in modern and Classical Chinese. I also speak Spanish, Italian, and French, and read Latin. 

Besides continuing my daily studies of these languages, I have also set myself a language goal of one new language a year. I’m looking forward to starting Japanese or German on the 1st January 2021.

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