Languages › English as a Second Language Improving Vocabulary Skills Through Reading in English Share Flipboard Email Print Sam Greenhalgh/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 English as a Second Language Vocabulary Basic Conversations for English Language Learners Pronunciation & Conversation Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Mike Shelby Updated November 04, 2019 Extensive reading in English with the help of a good English dictionary on a variety of real-life topics is one of the ways to learn English vocabulary. Since there is an enormous amount of reading the material in English, a learner of English has to prioritize reading in subjects according to learner's needs for using English to encompass first the most necessary, relevant and frequently used vocabulary. Day-to-day topics ought to come first in reading. Finding Reading Materials Reading materials can be arranged by level of difficulty of vocabulary; for learners at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Learners can master the most important English vocabulary by reading thematic texts (materials), first of all on everyday topics with important content. Such self-help books on settling everyday matters are available at bookstores. In addition to thematic informative texts (materials), learners can read thematic dialogues (samples of real-life conversations between people), narrative realistic stories, fine literature, newspapers, magazines, Internet materials, books in various subjects, general thematic English dictionaries, etc. Good general thematic English dictionaries arrange vocabulary by subject matter (topics) and provide clear word usage explanations and also a few usage sentences for each word meaning, which is especially important. English synonym dictionaries provide useful explanations and usage examples for words with similar meanings. Thematic general English dictionaries combined with English synonym dictionaries are a valuable tool for mastering English vocabulary logically, comprehensively, and intensively for real-life needs of learners. Good public libraries have a wide selection of English reading materials. Expanding Vocabulary Through Reading It is better for learners to write down unknown vocabulary in whole sentences to remember word meanings easier. It would be a good speaking practice for learners telling the content of the texts that they have read. Learners can write keywords and phrases, or main ideas as a plan, or questions on the text that require long answers to make easier for learners to tell the content of the text. I believe it is a good idea to read each logical chunk or paragraph of a text and to narrate each paragraph separately, and then the whole text. As people say, practice makes perfect.