As teachers we know that free reading can have many benefits for students. Some of these are:
Developing independent learning skills
Reading is something students can do anytime, anywhere. It’s a flexible, portable learning activity. Students who develop an interest in reading are well on their way to becoming independent learners.
Reading materials that are not too far beyond a student’s level will provide reinforcement of new vocabulary, and the presentation of vocabulary in context. Students will benefit from greater exposure to the English language.
Increasing general knowledge
Reading provides students with exposure to new information and ideas. An increase in general knowledge expands students’ background knowledge, which helps with comprehension of new ideas in the second language.