TEACHER: What else do you think we could add to the course program to help with this reading problem?
SPIROS: There's not really anything because it's my problem.I remember we were given long articles to read.We didn't like that but now I realise that reading those long articleswas good preparation for the things I need to read now.Also,in class we regularly had speed-reading tasks to do,and we kept a record of our reading speed,so the teachers were encouraging us to work on that.
HIROKO:That's true Spiros,but what we read could have been different.Sometimes in the English class I felt frustratedwhen I had to read articles about the environment or health or education,because I wanted to concentrate on my own field,but we didn't read anything about engineering.So,I think I wasted some time learning vocabulary didn't need
TEACHER: But surely the strategies you were taught for dealing with that vocabulary were helpful.
HIROKO:Yes,but psychologically speaking,I would have felt much better working on reading from my own field.What do you think Spiros?
SPIROS:I agree;that would have helped my confidence too and I would have been more motivated.It was good though that we could work on our own topics when we wrote the research assignments.
TEACHER:Okay,let's move on to writing now ...