Ali Imam Syed

Ali Imam Syed

Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:00

You can say almost anything with words!

All languages have words. Language emerges first as words, both historically, and in terms of the way each of us learned our first and any subsequent languages. The coining of new words never stops nor does the acquisition of words. Even, in our first language we are continually learning new words, and learning new meanings for old words. Without grammar very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed. If you spend most of your time studying grammar, your English will not improve very much. You will see most improvement if you learn more words and expressions. You can say very little with grammar, but you can say almost anything with words! 

Reading Clubs provide students with a platform to spend time together in order to share and enjoy what they have read. Such groups motivate students to read. Availing these opportunities gives them exposure to a variety of reading texts. At the same time, reading in groups helps them to improve their listening, speaking and writing.

To explain the impact of reading on an individual, I would like to quote an extract from the famous novel ‘Ink Spell’ (Funke, 2005):

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you have read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells… and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower… both strange and familiar.’’