Kate: What does 'sock-on-dock' mean? Isn't it speed reading, or reading out loud like you usually do?
Nick: No. It’s different from them. And I think it’s a new skill so you can read several English articles in a short time. And, you can also practice speaking English.
Kate: Sounds great. Can you tell me a little more about it? What kind of exercise is it?
Nick: Well, it’s very easy to do it. First, you should go to a news website, such as Yahoo, the NY times and so on, and choose a news article among the headlines. Whatever article is OK. Then, you should read out the first paragraph. And you don’t necessarily read the second paragraph. That’s the point.
Kate: Why don’t you read the second paragraph? I want to know more about the article.
Nick: Of course, you can have deeper understanding of the news, but with a different way. While choosing an article, you read the headline of the article. And you also finished reading the first paragraph. So you’ve already had a lot of information about the news, because the headline and the first paragraph tell you the gist of the news, such as, what happened, when and where it happened, who done it, and so on.
Kate: I see. Then what should I do next?
Nick: Well, instead of reading following paragraphs, you should pick out quotations and read them out. Because quotations are what those concerned actually said, that means they are spoken English, not written one.
Nick: I think there are three advantages to read quotations. First, you can learn colloquial expressions. Secondly, you can learn more about the news by reading the remarks of those concerned. Thirdly, you can save time because you read only quotations, not whole paragraphs.
Kate: Sounds interesting. But if there are no quotations in the article, what should I do? In some articles, particularly a shorter one, I sometimes find no quotaitions.
Nick: In that case, you should read out the first paragraph of the next article. If you don’t find quotations again, you should read out the next. But listen, what’s important is, you can read many articles in this way, because it takes little time to read each article.
Kate: Wow, that's great. I will do it.