Is reading a problem for you?

Most students have two basic problems:

  1. They read quite slowly
  2. There are a lot of words they don’t understand

However many students do not read English much outside their course work – so they do not improve much.

To get better, you need practice – lots of practice! The most important thing is how many hours you spend reading English, every week.

It is really important to improve before your graduate or undergraduate course, because you will have to read an enormous amount as part of most courses.


Graded readers: read faster and learn 80% of English

Special books, called graded readers, help you do this. You can borrow these books from the 2nd floor of the library.

Over time, they will help you learn the basic 3000 words in English. They will also help you read faster. Read 20 minutes a day.

If you have already reached the top level of graded readers and are now looking for more challenging reading which is still not too hard, we can suggest some books for you. Contact for details.



You can buy electronic graded readers online cheaply:

  • The free Oxford Bookworm How Good is your English? app helps easily find the right level for you and then download books to your iPhone or iPad.
  • Many Penguin Readers for Kindle eReaders are available on Amazon.
  • Other publishers, such as Cambridge, also offer electronic readers.
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