Reading Skills

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 9, 2020 and last updated on May 8, 2023

As children, one of the first skills we learn when going to school is reading, which has long been considered one of the most essential skills anyone would need to lead a normal life. However, with the increase in modern technology, the need to be read appears to be less important than in the past. There are also many more jobs nowadays that people can do with a minimal ability to read, which some argue makes this skill no longer essential in everyday life.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • debate (verb)
  • argue (verb)
  • essential (adjective)
  • skill (noun)
  • consider (verb)
  • limited (adjective)
  • ability (noun)
  • appear (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Will reading be an essential skill in the future?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.