This is what I have had always strongly emphasised to my students and their parents. And the Straits Times decided to highlight it: Reading gives brain a workout

Regardless fiction or non-fiction. Why? Besides improving one’s grammar and vocabulary; reading as an activity does help a student’s Composition or Essay Writing, and even General Paper:

.. reading across different genres exposes learners to a variety of writing styles.

Not to mention, their twice-yearly examinations’ Comprehension Open Ended section:

“.. Highly engaged people are said to be engaging in deep processing, where they read for meaning and context, and critique what they have read.”

“More engaged reading leads to better understanding and learning ..”

But before I end this post:

“The student should receive direct instruction on how to analyse written text and learn how to write for different audiences,” she said. “I feel that many students lack this.”

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