Before you read a text on how to improve your speaking, read the following comprehension questions.
 

1. How do you say "etiqueta" in English?

2. The opposite of motivating is:
   a) mismotivating
   b) unmotivating
   c) demotivating
   d) immotivating
   e) inmotivating
3. Which two phrasal verbs are used in the text for the Spanish verb "buscar"?
   a) b)
4. In what way does the writer say that reading is different from listening and speaking?

5. For how long does the writer suggest you read in bed every night?
   


Now read the text and answer the questions.

How To Improve Your Reading

If you’re reading this you’re already taking steps to improve your reading, so well done! Chapeau!

But, apart from getting our monthly newsletter, what other things can you read?

Well, the short answer is you should read anything and everything in English, from novels to jam jar labels. Why not begin with the news? Websites like the BBC, CNN, Reuters and VOA have world news and local news and you can also read British and North American newspaper websites ( todalaprensa.com ).

Perhaps the most motivating way to read more in English is to find blogs and websites that cover topics you are interested in.

Do you have any hobbies? If you like photography, search for photography blogs in English. Are you into cooking? There are many wonderful cooking blogs and récipes online, and they often have videos in English to show you how to cook. On the other hand, perhaps travel is your thing…you get the idea, right?

Instead of Googling for websites in Spanish, search for English sites and blogs. You can also comment in the forums which will help improve your writing. If you don’t like reading online, buy a hardcopy English magazine in real paper!

Do you enjoy reading fiction? Graded readers are books that have been adapted for different levels of English. This is important because there’s nothing worse than reading when you don’t understand a lot of the words. It’s demotivating and you probably won’t keep reading very long if you only understand a small part of the text. Even very small texts can help you. Read food packaging on boxes and packets. Read road signs when you travel and instruction manuals that come with electronic appliances and devices. There’s often English on clothes labels, too.Diccionario online

Put English subtitles on films that you watch if possible and read song lyrics in English on YouTube. Consistency is important, so make sure you’re reading regularly. Why not take an English book or magazine to bed with you and read for ten minutes before you go to sleep every night?.

When you read, have a dictionary close to you and look up and write down any new interesting words and expressions. However, don’t write every word down, you can guess some words from the context.

Unlike speaking and listening, reading has no time limit. You can go back and re-read the same sentence or paragraph as many times as necessary until you understand it. Keep a record of new words and write the meaning next to it in Spanish. You’ll be surprised how quickly your vocabulary and your grammar will improve!

 
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Before you read a text on how to improve your speaking, read the following comprehension questions.
 
1. According to the text, what’s the best way to improve your writing?

2. What could be a result of taking part in online blogs and forums?

3. How can you find an answer to a quick grammar or vocabulary question if you're not studying at an academy?

4. Which of the following words is a good alternative to 'stick' in the final line "stick in your memory"?
   a) mould
   b) cling
   c) stay
   d) grab
   
Now read the text and answer the questions.
 
How To Improve Your Writing

It sounds obvious, but the best way to improve your writing is to write. Just do it! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Keep a Leaner Diary
Write a few lines every day about your progress in English and new things you’re learning. Also write how you feel. Not only will you probably need to look up words in the dictionary to express yourself better, but it will be fun to look back on your writing in 6 months or a year to see how far you’ve come.

Participate in Online Forums
In the last newsletter we suggested reading English blogs about your hobbies and interests in order to improve your reading. Well, why not contribute to blog posts by writing comments in English? You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll be involved in online conversations about your favourite topics and you never know, you may even make some English-speaking friends.

Tweet and Message in English
If Facebook and Twitter is your thing, go to English pages and sources and communicate in English.

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If you receive a tweet or a message you don’t understand, check words in a dictionary or run the message through Google Translate.

Penpals
There are websites you can go to to find a penpal from another country. This way you can learn about another culture and practise your English. If you develop a good relationship online, you could end up visiting your penpal in his or her country, and showing your home to them! Here are some websites to get you started:

· Interpals / Penpalworld / Mylanguageexchange

Exam TasksDiccionario online
If you’re studying for an exam like the Cambridge FCE or CAE, you’ll need to practise exam writing tasks. If you’re studying at an academy, your teacher will check them for you and show you how to improve.
If you’re not at an academy, you’ll need to find a local or online teacher or native speaker to guide you. If you have a question about a specific grammar point, phrase or collocation, you can post in on our Facebook page and we, and our wonderful community, will try to help you. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to correct complete writing texts.

· Free Resources: Exercises / FCE

Reading Helps Writing
It’s a fact! The more you read, the better your writing will become. As you read more you’ll improve spelling and vocabulary and you’ll start to notice grammar points and new collocations and expressions. So, as you read, make a note of interesting language that you come across and use your new words in your writing. If you use new language in your writing and speaking, it’ll quickly stick in your memory and become part of your English data base!.

· Free Resources: Libros / Lector Virtual

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