December 11, 2008

#01-195: Reading the Newspaper: SQ3R - Part III

letters "SQ3R" and "Part III"

Note: SQ3R stands for "Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review." It's an excellent way to build vocabulary as you read a newspaper or other text. In this lesson we'll do the last three steps, "Read, Recite, and Review."

Get Ready: Have you ever studied using flash cards? If not, what kind of system works best for you?

Now we come to the final part in our series on "SQ3R," meaning "Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review."

After we have "Surveyed" the article (headline, pictures and captions, lead; see Lesson #01-193) and developed some "Questions" (as in Lesson #01-194), we're ready to "Read" the body of the article itself.

As we do, we should bear in mind the questions we have developed. In the article we have been discussing, "Banks urged to make more loans," we still have two questions remaining: To whom are the "loans" to be made? And how will these new policies work?

The article tells us who might receive such loans in this sentence: "Measures will also be taken to improve the credit service of commercial banks to meet the demand for loans among SMEs [Small and Medium Enterprises], investors in the countryside, and consumers needing loans for homes and cars."

There are also indications in the article that industry might benefit from these loans.

As for how the policies would be carried out, that is the bulk of the article, detailing "nine measures ... taken to boost the role of the financial sector..."

Once we have read the article, and found answers to our questions, we're still not finished.

Someone once said, "The difference between reading and studying is a pencil." After reading the article, take some notes: jot down new words, make a note of interesting idioms and other expressions, and keep track of useful or interesting grammatical structures.

To "Recite" is to repeat to oneself the information gathered, or the new words and idioms to learn. Make small cards to carry with you, and go over them when you're waiting for a friend to arrive at a restaurant, or while riding the bus. Ask yourself a question, look away, try to answer, and then look at your card and check. This is an extremely effective way to learn.

If you wish to expand this part of your study, try writing sentences with new vocabulary or grammatical structures. Work these into your emails or conversations. Through repetition, these elements of language will become yours.

Finally, "Review" what you have learned from time to time. Keep your study cards or notes and go over them again, refreshing the parts you've forgotten.

For example: Read one article in the newspaper every day, Monday through Friday. Apply the SQ3R method. Then, on the weekend, go over your notes and "test" yourself on the things you've learned.

I promise you that, if you do this faithfully, your English will improve.


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Practice: Match the term to its definition below:

  1. boost
  2. bulk
  3. enterprises
  4. faithfully
  5. indications
  6. investors
  7. jot
  8. refreshing
  9. repetition
  10. sector

  1. bringing back to one's mind
  2. a section (of the economy)
  3. the act of doing something again, perhaps many times
  4. increase; improve
  5. without fail; with devotion
  6. signs; hints
  7. businesses; companies
  8. the majority; the largest portion
  9. write down briefly
  10. people who put money into a business, expecting it to be increased and returned

Answers are in the first comment below.

Submitted to the Shenzhen Daily for December 11, 2008

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1 comment:

  1. Answers to the Practice: 1. d; 2. h; 3. g; 4. e; 5. f; 6. j; 7. i; 8. a; 9. c; 10. b