Reading Ahead is the new name for the Six Book Challenge.
I was never a reader. I used to find reading very difficult, and when I first came to college I was very shy, because I couldn’t read or speak very much English.
I started by reading books in English, ones where I was interested in the story. It was hard at first, but I kept trying. There were lots of words I didn’t understand. I would go away and find out, so that next time I will know how to use the word.
If you want to read, you can do it at any time. Just start by taking half an hour a day – just half an hour is better than not reading at all. I usually read at home in the afternoons, when I have come home from college.
Choose a story book on a subject you are interested in, and then tell yourself to finish the page, and then the next bit, and then the next bit until you get to the end of the story.
When I finished the Six Book Challenge I was really proud of myself. I was given a special award for my achievement, and I met the mayor of Northampton at the special ceremony at the college.
It has been the best time for me; I’d never had this approach in my life in my own country and I was really happy. I think now I have a good opportunity for the future in front of me.
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6 August 2013