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프리젱테이숑 - A Strategy For Reading Novels 언어 language

만쉐이~ 끝~ 이래서 일번으로 하는 게 마지막보다 낫다ㅋ 내일과 모레인 친구들에게 굿럭을 외치며 돌아서던 오늘 프리젠테이션 한 전사들, 모두 수고해따 -_-)/~ 수업시간에 같이 배운 표현을 쓰더라도 우리 뒤에 하는 애들은 우리 따라하는 게 되는 거다 ㅋ

사용한 자료의 일부. OHT, 사진, 책.

절대 외울 수 없다는 걸 알기 때문에 언제나처럼 철저한 스크립트를 준비. 두시반에 자고 여섯시에 일어나서 라면 끓여먹고 (..) 무려 몇 달만의 생리에도 (이번 주말 SLX 때 터지는 것 보다야 프리젠테이션이 낫지, 아암...;) 굴하지 아니하였다... -_-

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 A Strategy For Reading Novels

A Strategy For Reading Novels     

Hello everyone. Welcome to my presentation.

Today, I'm going to be talking about a strategy for reading Novels.


I'd like to start with why reading novels is a good way to improve reading skill.

Then we'll look at a strategy for reading novels.

After that, I'll continue with how to choose novels.

Lastly, I'd like to recommend a list of novels which hopefully would help you to choose what to read.

Please feel free to interrupt me at any time, if you want to ask a question. 
First, Why novels.

Please raise your hands if you've finished any novels in English, or if you're reading one at the moment.

Please raise your hands if you've tried reading it, even though you didn't finish.

Why did you not finish it? Was it difficult?
Why did you try?

They say reading novels is good. But actually, reading something is good no matter what it is. At least it's better than not to read anything. But what makes novels different to others? And what makes novels difficult to read?


We read magazines. We read recipes. We read newspapers. Well, not really, but at least we read the headlines or advertisement. What's the difference between them and novels? I think the difference is the thing which makes reading novels difficult.


The simplest and the biggest difference is, a novel is long. Longer than others, isn't it? It means you have to remember the story to keep reading it. So you have to understand not only the sentences you're reading, but also the situations in the paragraph and the chapter. Other reading materials don't require this. So it's much easier. You just need to understand the sentence you're looking at. And if you don't understand it, and so if you're not interested in anymore, you just can forget it. But reading novels is different. If you don't understand this sentence, it might affect you to understand the other sentence coming.


Then, Does this mean you have to understand every single words in the book? It's scary and it's impossible. We don't understand everything even when we read books in L1. So, to help you to start, here's some practical tips for reading novels. This will help you. If you follow this steps, you don't have to understand everything in the book. You just need to understand as much as you need to enjoy the book. 
For that, let's have a look at a strategy for reading novels.

Every story has these 5 elements. They're characters, settings, time, events, and solution. Let's have a look at each element.


Firstly, characters. Characters are the first element to look for when reading a story. It's the same in movies or cartoons. The main character plays the biggest role and is often the first character to be introduced. Sometimes, the story is seen through the eyes of the main character. The other characters play smaller supporting roles.


Secondly, setting. The setting is the location where the story takes place. You should figure it out to understand what's going on. It could be anywhere like in a home, countryside, school, or really anywhere the author chooses. The setting is usually revealed very early in a story.


Time is the third element. A story may take place very recently or many years ago. Usually the time is introduced very early as well.


Events is the fourth element you should look for in a novel. This includes problems between characters and the attempts to solve them. These events make up most of the story.


A solution is the fifth and final element in a novel. The solution is how the problem is brought to an end. Most often the solution is revealed near the end of the story.


Recognizing these story elements will help you understand them better. You can take notes about these elements while you're reading if you like. So even though you don't understand every single sentence in the book, you won't get lost as long as you understand these 5 elements. I hope you've found this useful.

Any questions so far?
Now let's move on to how to choose novels.

I think the most important thing for us is choosing the appropriate level. It's from my personal experience. I had tried to read novels quite a few times when I was in Korea. And it was not so successful. The novels I chose were all very interesting, and popular. But I just couldn't keep reading it because I had no idea what was happening. I couldn't follow the story. If I knew about the 5 elements, that we had a look, it could have been better. But still, it wouldn't have been so successful. Because, it was just too difficult for me.


I think there are better books to start reading with, than novels for adults. Novels for adults are too difficult as a starter I think. In my case, when I studied English for children in Perth, the teacher brought his daughter's books to the classroom. The purpose was to show us how children's books are, so we can use them in our Teaching Practice. But we actually enjoyed reading them. The stories for children were shorter than adults' novels, but still longer than advertisement and have the 5 elements. Which is nice and easy to try. I finished all of them, and started to read an adults novel. Because I got better to read longer stories, and figure out the big picture of stories, it was much easier than before. So I reckon reading children's book is a nice way to start reading novels. It gives you nice and easy practice for reading novels. And trust me, they're enjoyable as it is. It's fun for us too!


The second most important thing I believe, is the content of the book. I should be something you're interested in. I chose to read a detective novel after finishing children's book. I've always loved detective novels since I was a kid. This is the book that I'm reading at the moment. I've read through about 2 of thirds. Because I like detective novels, after passing a point, I can't give it up. Now I know who's dead but I don't know why she's killed. I know who are the suspects, but I don't know who is the killer. So now I should finish this book to find out who did it and why. I sometimes want to give it up because it's still quite challenging for me, and very time-consuming as well. But I can't stop because I want to know how it ends.


I think this is very important. If you choose something interesting for you, that will make you keep reading. Don't make it an extension of study. Choose enjoyable one for you. Choose something you don't have to force yourself to read.


One other thing I'd like to add is, if you don't enjoy reading, I mean reading in your language, reading in English can't be more interesting than reading in your L1. You don't expect that. Reading is still reading. And it's a very practical and enjoyable activity. And also, an essential activity. So I strongly recommend starting to try. Try to enjoy reading. It is very enjoyable. You'll find it.


Now, I've got some books for you here. Most of these are my selections. But you might find some of these interesting or you might be able to see how to choose what to read.

(Photo of Conan Doyle) Do you recognize him? How about this picture? (Picture of Sherlock Holmes on a book cover) Do you know who's Sherlock Holmes in this picture? He's a famous detective in Conan Doyle's book. And this is author Conan Doyle. You probably know at least one of his stories. It's good to read a book which you already know about. It's much easier to understand the story. Because you have some information about some of the elements that we had a look.

Have you seen this picture? It's the movie poster of 'Charlie and the chocolate factory.' There is a novel before the movie. This was the very first novel that I read in English. The author of this book is Roald Dahl. He is really really really famous English children's book author. He wrote many books. And they are very popular, easy to read, and fun. I think his books are quite good for a starter.

Does anybody know this book? (Tuesdays with Morrie) This is a story about teacher and student. I read this book in Korean, and I bought an English version because I really like the story. As I mentioned before, it's very helpful if you already know the story. But you need to be careful. There are books designed for English study. So it's got story in English on one side and the translation on the other side. That's different. I don't think it works well. It's very tempting to read only translation. Especially when you get excited. So if you want to know the story before trying in English, do it with whole translated one. And then try English version.

(Pic of a girl holding Harry Potter) You know what this book is. Yes, Harry potter is very popular. And it's for children and adults. I don't find it interesting because I'm not a big fan of fantasy stories, but many people love this book. If you like stories about magic and things like that, this could be a good choice.

These are something I'm personally interested in. This one is about Feminism, and this one is about yoga. Both are quite thin as you can see. I think that is important, too. Don't let the book overwhelm you. Choose the ones which don't look too big.


And just couple of little thing. It is always a very good idea to read them again. It's easier and you can see much more, understand better than the first time. We generally find more things by reading again. And I also recommend underlining when you read books. Then you can see where you had difficulties, and where you were moved when you read it again. Which is quite nice.


That now brings me to the end of my presentation. If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them. Any questions?


Thank you for your attention. I hope you've found something useful for your reading. I'll finish up my presentation. Thank you for listening.


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