Tuesday, November 30, 2010

reading is better than listening

Reading is better than Listening
Reading is a skill to pronounce words and a skill to identify words and their meaning while listening is considered to be the one of the most important part of the oral communication. It is strongly agreed that reading and listening can improves student’s quality of language. Therefore, there are difference and similarity between reading and listening in terms of understanding and learning.

First and foremost, understanding is important to improve student’s quality of language because of the level of concentration. For example reading a book and listening to an audiobook. When students reading a book, they can easily re-read the part of the book that they could not understand and they can do it in their own pace. Similarly, they also can read without really paying attention to what their reading. In contrast, with an audiobook, sometimes there is a problem that the story is going on too slowly or it’s at a boring part so they just have to wait. In addition, the way that native speakers speak their language is often quite fast and with a lot of slang, so it can be different from what they have learned in the class room. In brief, understanding is a tool to improve our language skills.

Besides the understanding, the second point why reading and listening enhance student’s quality of language is because of the good information in learning. By reading, it will help to improve the vocabulary and it increases the student’s knowledge base to help them make more informed decisions. Learning how to listen can help you with reading. If you make the connection between the spoken word and the written word, you can learn how to read more easily and how to understand what you are reading. Also, listening skills help you to figure out what the main idea and important facts are, which is helpful with reading as well. In short, students can enhance their quality of language by mastering or learning the skills of listening and reading.

In conclusion, it is strongly stressed that by reading and listening, the quality of language among students can be improved due to the factors of understanding and learning the knowledge. Nevertheless, in my opinion, reading is better than listening because listening can be a passive thing, reading almost never it is.

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