True purpose of reading and writing

Hi! In this video, we'll first talk a little bit about the true purpose of reading and writing. Then, I'll show you an amazing trick that only human beings can do. I will think about something, I won't say it out loud, then I will transfer that thought into your head. We will share a thought. You will think what I'm thinking… through this video… Actually, anybody can do it. Do you want to know how? Stick around. [♫] [snap] Hi, Marc here. This is Snap Language. Before I show you the mind transference trick, I'd like to talk to you about something that happens a lot, but most people are
not even aware of it. Our notions of what reading is are pretty distorted. What is the purpose of reading? Unfortunately, for a lot of people, we read to answer
comprehension questions… usually on a reading test. Some of those comprehension questions can be pretty obvious sometimes. Other times we wonder if there's a trick question on the test! You know, those questions that you worry about, and you keep changing the answer! For some people, learning vocabulary becomes such an obsession that they stop all the time
during reading to look words up, to underline every word they're not sure about… It could be that they're learning English as a second language… Often, it's just because they had reading instructors telling them to make
vocabulary lists on everything they read… And of course, there's reading out of some sense of social or
cultural "obligation." You know… the book that
everyone has read! So, you must read it, too! It makes for good dinner party
conversations… Doing some of this is okay… like… reading to learn vocabulary or because you need to take a test… but what is the purpose
of reading, really? Yes, we end up learning new vocabulary when we read… we can even answer comprehension questions
on what we read But that's incidental. It's not the main purpose
for reading. If we read to learn, we get to actually know more things about the world around us. We get to relate it to things we already know, and ask questions, and have our own thoughts about it. Just think about it… mostly, why are you reading? For what purpose
are you reading? Are you reading to learn something new? Are you reading just to answer questions on a test or to do some kind of exercise? If you're an instructor, how are you balancing your activities so you give your students an opportunity to (yes, learn vocabulary and do some of the mechanical stuff) but also to enrich their lives through reading and reading things that they're actually interested in? Anyway… I'm sure you get it. Now for the big "magic trick." As promised, I'm going to think something and transmit it to you… without saying a word! Are you ready? Here it is! We just shared a thought through writing and reading. And that's what reading and writing are all about! Writing gives us the ability to have an idea and encode it with some kind of symbols that represent words on a piece of paper, or some screen, or anywhere… I can then transmit that idea from my head into
the reader's head. You can even save the information for later–much, much later… which means that, when we read, we can hear the thoughts of people who lived hundreds even thousands of years ago. To put the writing process in a nutshell, as the writer, I have an idea, encode it in writing, and disseminate it to whoever wants to read it. Now you, as the reader, will repeat the process, but in reverse. You will receive the idea, decode it, and have the idea in your head. I didn't write my idea down so you'd learn vocabulary or answer comprehension questions. Instead, I wrote it to share an idea that I think is important or relevant. Of course, writers don't write only to inform but also to persuade, or entertain you, or to elaborate on a point of view. Now you, as the reader, know what you need to do is to figure out what the message is and transfer it from the writer's head to your head. And it gets better! When reread the passage
for more information, and you ask questions, in a way, you're having
a conversation with the writer! Or when you go to other sources for even more information about the topic, you're having a group discussion! Better yet, when you have thoughts of your own about what you read, (maybe you agree or disagree with the author or you have opinions of your own about it, you become part of the flow of information. And then you might even switch roles and go from being the reader to becoming a writer and writing your own thoughts on that topic. If reading and writing are so connected, what do you think? Does reading a lot improve
your writing skills? Does writing a lot improve
your reading skills? Do you "talk" to the
materials you read? (Or do you think that's just some kind of crazy?) Subscribe to Snap Language, and be part of our community of learners and share your ideas in the comments. Please don't forget to like this video. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this reading and writing connection. Or anything else you want to share with us. And… [♫]

20 thoughts on “True purpose of reading and writing

  1. The true purpose of reading and writing is learn, have conversation between writer and reader or group conversation giving my own opinion agreeing or disagree

  2. I like when he told that he is going to share with us a thought wihtout talking out loud. 🙂 It's just giving the answer of the main question of the video; What is the purpose of writing and reading? that's interesting, I have understood it at the end of the video. " I have received the thought" Thank you! 🙂

  3. As an English learner, ur ideas have pumped new boold to my old-fashined perception of language learning! I used to see reading or writting as assignments, but now I see reading and writting as exchanges of ideas!!! How amazing ur ideas are!!! I can't wait to learn more from ur following vedios!!!!!

  4. Liked that

    But it's all about definition / process of communication.

    Idea-> encoding ->channel /transmission ->receiver-> decode-> feedback (or noise).


  5. love love your video I wish I could read by watching the video makes me understand something about reading

  6. realy nice Sir i am very surprised how you know all the problems i often found and want to get answer .you are english speaker and even know the problems that are faced by non native.thats awesome.

  7. loooooove your videos lovely teacher ….Actually I read to learn, to understand, to discover ….even to travel around the world …..My books are the besr refuge ever .

  8. Thank you for making this video. I almost forget what is the essensce of writing and reading. Thank you for making my mind open Mr. Marc.

  9. Hi ! I'm a chinese student. This video helped me a lot in my presentation, which is about English language literacy. Thanks ~

  10. Hello ^^ this video is wonderful. I know that reading and writing improve each other: when i was learning to write I would read things people wrote and attempt to emulate their writing writing; this helped me grasp the conventions of good writing like parallel structure and and active voice.

  11. Bravo teacher. I absolutely encourage you do like this. Itz amazing!!!! Your lessons are really useful. I improve my reading skill a lot. Thank you again.

  12. Things like vocab lists and comprehension questions certainly have their place, especially for second language learners, but even those activities themselves lose their meaning if you read something and get nothing out of it. I've experienced that firsthand while learning Spanish myself.
    Nice video. I'm gonna explore your channel some more and probably subscribe. 🙂

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