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Use the IELTS reading journal to improve your reading skills

Many of my students struggle to improve their reading skills for IELTS. So, I have designed this reading journal to help you with a reading plan.

Vicki Robinson
Vicki Robinson
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Many of my students struggle to improve their reading skills for IELTS. So, I have designed this reading journal to help you with a reading plan. Feel free to contact me for reading classes!

How to use the Reading Journal:

  • Pick a genre for each week (e.g. newspaper article).
  • Sources for genres will include news websites such as the Huffington Post or Aljazeera; review websites like Airbnb; extracts from literature; academic articles from CAE and IELTS; letters; technical or popular blogs; biographical information from online media.
  • For each reading, read the text without looking up the vocabulary.
  • Next, write a summary for the text, this should include all the main ideas from the text and an answer to a more reflective/critical question.
  • Following this, make a list of useful vocabulary (collocations, expressions) related to your CAE/IELTS topic.

An alternative to the vocabulary notebook would be to look up the use of a grammar point (i.e. passives, conditionals, noun phrases).

Why the Reading Journal Will Help Your Language Learning:

  • Improving reading skills takes time and requires regular practice. It isn’t something that we can improve overnight. Regular reading is an important part of developing skills in a foreign language.
  • This will improve your reading speed and ability to skim texts.
  • You can build your knowledge of exam topics: information & opinion.
  • You can build up a vocabulary repertoire for each topic.
  • By writing a summary, you practice writing on a number of topics.
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Vicki Robinson

I'm an English teacher and writer. I have over 10 years of experience teaching English to wonderful students all over the world. I can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

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Milena Lazova

I'm an ESL teacher with over 7 years of experience in providing original content. I really like writing educational articles which may help others learn some aspects of English.

Valentina Dordevic

Hello! My name is Valentina. Book digesting is my specialty. I transform book ideas into easy-to-follow summaries, articles, study guides, reviews, essays, analyses, slides, or e-books.

Beth Taylor

Hello! My name is Beth. I'm from France. I'm a French and English native speaker and I really like writing.