Reading for pleasure can better develop one’s imagination and language skills than watching TV can. To what extent do you agree or disagree？
How to educate children to be imaginative and to possess strong language skills has been one of the most discussed topics of all time. As to this issue, some propose that reading for fun can sharpen one’s language skills and stimulate one’s imagination whilst others argue that watching TV can be more effective. From my perspective, both methods can boost one’s imagination and language skills, but just in different ways.
Those who believe that one’s imagination and language skills can be better developed by reading are justified in more ways than one. Firstly, reading for enjoyment definitely can stimulate one’s imagination. Unlike watching TV, readers cannot see the vivid pictures but the lines. They have to associate the words with certain things in their mind, thereby arousing their imagination. For example, if one reads the masterpiece Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, he or she, invariably, will imagine how Romeo and Juliet look like and what the wall of Juliet’s house will be like. Secondly, reading for pleasure can improve one’s language skills, especially one’s reading and writing skills. Different from the words used in TV, the lines in novels or other books are, by and large, from some classical writers who are superior in words choice and grammar, both of which are critical to one’s reading and writing.
Those arguing that watching TV can better one’s imagination and language capabilities are equally justifiable to some extent. On the surface, watching TV cannot develop one’s imagination simply because when watching TV, audiences merely obtain the information in a passive way. However, on a deeper level, watching TV can be beneficial to one’s imagination. Watching a Sci-Fi movie, like Star Wars, for instance, can stir one’s imagination in a better way than a traditional book can. Moreover, watching TV can sharpen our language skills as well, especially in terms of listening and speaking.
Watching TV and reading for pleasure are not mutually exclusive in terms of improving one’s imagination and language. Without watching something amazing on TV first, it is basically impossible for one to imagine. Without reading, watching TV alone can stifle one’s imagination for the simple reason that they just receive information passively. Speaking, listening, writing and reading are interrelated as well.
To conclude, as for watching TV or reading for pleasure, it is hard to say which is better for one’s imagination. In terms of language skills, watching TV can help people more in speaking and listening whereas reading for fun is more helpful in reading and writing.