Good morning, teachers and friends. I would like to express my gratitude for being given the opportunity to speak to you today. The topic that I would like to draw your attention to is about the importance of reading.
Reading is essential. Reading must always be and in all ages been a great source of knowledge. Today the ability to read is highly valued and very important for social and economic advancement. But we not only read we also want to read more and more and catch up with the events taking place around us.
Students today prefer to read books that are related to them. Sadly, most libraries do not provide books that meet the student’s interests. Thus, the students can suggest suitable titles for the library. No doubt, when the books meet the student’s needs, this will indirectly promote reading habit among students. Furthermore, the library should be student-friendly. In this way, libraries should have comfortable reading corners. This will stir the students’ interest to read.
In addition, the library should organise reading competitions. Award prizes to students who have read the most numbers of book. In fact, stunning prizes should be given to motivate the students to read. This will indeed be a good approach and motivator to promote reading among students. Teachers also can encourage students to go to local library after school. These types of visits would help developing links in the child’s mind between free-time and reading. Working with the librarians or media-specialists to place collections of age appropriate books/manuscripts on topics of highly interesting to your students in a special areas. Besides,reading campaign should be carried out constantly in school. Engrossing activities related to reading should be carried out like storytelling, sketches and dramas.
As they say, the school administration can integrate reading as part of the English lesson. Two periods should be allocated for reading. When you read more and more can help you imagine many things which you wouldn’t have even thought of before. When you keep on reading news books with new information, you start learning and experiencing new things.
Another benefit is that you start understanding better and much faster than before. You start seeing things in a new way, your point of view changes. Book help you turn your journey growing up into a journey when you start improving yourself and learning new things.
Reading is the only way to master any language. Hence, to ensure students are proficient, they must read. The school needs to promote reading among students by providing books to meet student’s interests. Also, reading campaign should be carried throughout the year to reinforce the love for reading. I hope that my speech has enlightened you the benefits of reading. Thank you.
Author: Keshni Uthaya Surian, Kulim, Malaysia,