What improves reading skills? Well, reading. Navigating the Internet would be virtually impossible without the ability to read. We read and write emails. We gather on social networks such as MySpace and Facebook. Many of us write and rate articles on sites such as Helium. Simply looking through the Internet has the benefit of improving our reading.
Even games on the Internet have instructions. Reading comprehension improves by reading and learning those instructions. Many game sites also include word games such as Scrabble, Boggle, and others which help nurture thinking, reading, and spelling abilities.
In order to access information from Google, Bing, or any other search engine we need to spell correctly. We also read to go through “hits” given us by those search engines. Another example is that when we spell something incorrectly, Google and other sites note typos and ask appropriate questions to help determine what we are searching for. To surf is to read.
The introduction of eBooks has introduced reading to a whole new audience.
Online shopping requires navigations through the site, and the filling out of information online. We need to read to order our products online.
Chat sites also help improve reading comprehension. LOL’s and such abbreviations aside, we still need to communicate with actual words, or risk not being comprehended by others. Chat rooms encourage written conversation between two or more people. This only helps reading and writing.
Homework research on the Internet improves the ability to understand and comprehend material. People learn to construct questions, decipher a lot of different information, and decide what information is appropriate for their specific needs.
Grammar sites are all over the Internet. All kinds of questions on writing and speaking properly are covered on those websites. Moreover, people can easily go on the Internet for access to a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopaedia, or translator.
Websites that provide reading skill improvement ideas are easily found. Sites for teachers, parents, and children provide information, games, and exercises to improve reading and comprehension. Many people take classes on the internet. Educational resources abound.
Internet quizzes, jokes, and surveys also involve reading skills.
Video sites such as YouTube are navigated by using words. Comments are written about videos, and messages are sent back and forth on these sites too.
How many things must we read before we even access the Internet? How do we search for new things? How do we get to where we want to go? By reading. The Internet only serves to improve our reading skills. To think otherwise is to be totally oblivious of the Internet itself.