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Saturday, February 11, 2012

SQ3R, Part III


GET READY:

What is the difference between READING and STUDYING?

READ THIS:

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) and developed some "Questions," we're ready to "Read" the body of the article itself.

As we go, we should bear in mind the questions we have developed. In the Chinese newspaper 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. Make small cards to carry with you, and go over them when you're waiting for a friend to arrive, 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 things 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 a 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 guarantee that, if you do this faithfully, your English will improve.

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION OR WRITING:

1. What does the "3R" mean? When do we do this?
2. What is the goal of "Read"?
3. Why do we "Recite"?
4. Why do we "Review"?
5. True or False: We can learn English by simply reading English.

ANSWERS:

1. "3R" means "Read, Recite, Review." We do these things after asking questions.
2. We "Read" to try to answer the questions we've asked.
3. We "Recite" to learn the new vocabulary and grammar we found in our reading.
4. We "Review" to be sure we don't forget what we've learned.
5. False! We need to interact with the things we read, as described in the SQ3R method.

This lesson is ©2012 by James Baquet. You may share this work freely. Teachers may use it in the classroom, as long as students are told the source (URL). You may not publish this material or sell it. Please write to me if you have any questions about "fair use."

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