Learning English is not just about memorizing new words and grammar rules. It also involves mastering listening, speaking, writing and reading skills.
Reading provides learners with a broader vocabulary and grammar, significantly supporting and nourishing the brain with correct language structures.
根據深耕台北的作家、插畫家和藝術家James Hugh Gough (詹姆士) 所述，閱讀無疑是學生需要精通的關鍵技能之一。這名成功的作家於12月4日參加了一年一度的「臺灣閱讀節」來分享他對於生動的故事的喜愛，以及更重要的—「英文教育」。
Reading is for sure one of the crucial skills that students must master, according to James Hugh Gough, a writer, illustrator, and artist, based in Taipei.
The successful author was participating in the annual Taiwan Reading Festival (臺灣閱讀節) earlier this month to share his passion for good stories, and more importantly, the English language.
他的第一本書 《溜冰大冒險》在五年前出版，隨後他也陸續寫出《天涯一海島》和《布布和啾比決心拯救牠們的男孩》，而這兩本也正是他於今年的閱讀節分享的三個作品。「我覺得閱讀有一個很棒的益處是它影響我一生，並讓我成為一個更好的學生。」當談到閱讀的重要性時他表示，「或許我是個非常害羞的學生 ，但在我的寫作中，我的老師感覺得到我是有內涵的。」
His first book, “The Great Skate,” came out about five years ago. It was followed by “On an Island on the Sea” and “Booboo and Juby Save their Boy,” which he was reading at the annual book festival.
“I would give a lot of credibility to reading and how it influenced me and made me a better student,” Gough said about the importance of reading. “Perhaps I was a very shy student. But when I wrote, my teachers could tell that I had intelligence.”
He attributed his interest in writing and art to reading at a very young age. His father is a writer who encouraged him to read books. His mother would also get him new books, he recalled. “I was the kid who read under the covers at night.”
Reading inspired his imagination throughout his life to the point where it’s now become his occupation. “I can’t stress enough the benefits of reading,” he continued.
As an educator in Taiwan, he told his students that reading would improve their spoken and written English proficiency.
Their worldview would be more diversified too, because they’re enriched by the books they read and the different perspectives of the authors of whose books they’re reading.
“Reading is something that provokes curiosity, provides inspiration,” he stressed.
And as we all know, the more you’re engaging in English, whether it be conversational English or reading, your communication skills are going to be better, he explained.
“The benefits of reading, as from an educational viewpoint, can’t be understated, not to mention just how much fun it is and something that you can enjoy throughout your entire life,” he added.
Asked whether Taiwanese are good readers, Gough said most people in Taipei can speak English. And throughout Taiwan, most people have some English proficiency, if not very well-spoken English and reading skills.
“I think this wonderful event is a perfect example of how reading has just exploded in this country in appreciation of reading,” he said.
Without a doubt, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was packed with children and their parents loving the various stories they were being told that, engaging in the stories, buying books and sharing their love of reading their loved ones.