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You are the president of the English Language Society in your school. You have to give a talk on the benefits of reading the newspaper.
 
Good morning teachers and friends. I am glad to have this opportunity to speak to you today as we launch English Language Week. This is an important week when we encourage all of you to improve your English and to use it more actively in your daily communication. The theme this year, as you can see from the banner in front of you, is "Read to Improve". All of us want to improve our language skills and a good way to do this is by reading. We are focusing this year on the reading of the newspaper. We want everyone to make the reading of newspapers a daily habit. That's why the title of my speech is "Read the Newspaper, Everyday". In my speech, I am going to tell you why we should read the newspaper. I shall give you three main benefits of reading newspapers.

Why should we read the newspaper? The first reason is that newspapers give us the latest news. We read about what is happening around us. We become aware of current events. We don't just get news about events and happenings in Malaysia but also from around the world. We get information about the latest events, discoveries, and improvements in the various fields of science, technology, arts and medicine. Thus, newspapers inform us and keep us updated about changes that are taking place in the world.

Let me go on to another benefit. Newspapers help to increase our knowledge. As we read the news items, for example, we learn the names of towns and cities within Malaysia or around the world. Our knowledge of geography improves. We might read about leaders of various countries and become familiar with their names and their policies. We also become more aware of social and environmental issues, health concerns, and technological advancements. Thus, our general knowledge will improve and we will find it easier to talk to others and to join in discussions. We will be able to contribute to conversations because we know more. We will be more confident. We will also appear more interesting because we will be able to speak on various topics.

This brings me to the third, but by no means the smallest benefit. When we read the newspaper regularly our language skills will improve. We will be able to speak and write more effectively. How does this happen? As we read, we are exposed to new vocabulary and a variety of words, phrases and idiomatic language. As time goes by, we will realize that our vocabulary has widened, and our grammar and sentence structure has improved. This will make us feel more confident in social situations or when having to express ourselves in writing.

Before I conclude, I would like to encourage all of you to read the newspapers. It is affordable and definitely of benefit to us. Now that you know that reading the newspaper can improve your language skills, increase your knowledge, as well as bring you the latest news, you really have no reason not to read the newspapers. You don't have to go far to get a newspaper. It is easily available. Let's take up the challenge, boys and girls. Read the newspaper, every day! Thank you.

     
contribute to   take an active part in
     
exposed to   introduced to
     
no reason not to   no excuse
     
 
 

 

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