Tips for students
Students at an Educational Services seminar learn the tips for improving their reading skills.|
Our first tip is that you look carefully through the information in Tips on reading the Bangkok Post. If you haven’t looked at this section, we suggest that you do so now.
There are a number of steps you can take to learn to read the Bangkok Post more effectively — and to improve your English at the same time. Here are some of the most useful:
|Read frequently, even if it is only for a short time.||Twenty or thirty minutes four or more times a week is generally better than reading for several hours once a week.|
|Follow stories for several days.||Most major news stories continue for more than one day. Some — like the upheavals in Yugoslavia and Indonesia, for example — may continue for years. At first these stories may seem difficult, but they will become much easier and more interesting as you become familiar with them. You will quickly notice, for example, that certain key words are repeated almost every day, making them easy to learn and difficult to forget.|
|Read news stories even if you are not especially interested in the news.||News stories are by far the easiest to read because of their unique style. (See The style of the news story for more information.)|
|Read certain columns regularly.||Many of our readers follow Post Bag every day, for example. (See Post Bag: Letters to the Editor.)|
|For longer stories, first look to see how they are organised.||Features, for example, usually have several distinct parts. This will save you from getting lost and it will allow you to read them as several short sections rather than one long story (See Reading feature stories.)|
|For Thai readers: Make use of the materials we produce.||Apart from our web page, we are best known for our Improving Your English with the Bangkok Post programme (formerly known as Learn English by Fax) which is designed to help you better understand both the stories themselves and the Bangkok Post in general. We also have a complete range of books designed especially for those of you who want to improve your English by yourselves.|
More Tips for students
We have books available in Thai and English for use in the classroom or for individual study. You can order on line too.