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Neuro-Linguistic Programming in speed reading

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) begins with an interest in people. It's about how we do things. NLP in speed-reading tells how we, think, read and learn. It does this by enabling us to explore the structure of our own subjective experience: how we construct our view of the world and reading text. Used in speedreading NLP empowers us to submerge into the inner, virtual-world image each of us creates as a way of understanding the outside world.

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You can introduce your students to their own creativity through this activity:

  • Ask some students to tell you the story of the latest move. Ask pertinent questions about the visuals (scenery, clothes, colors, special effects ), the sounds (music, lyrics, voices, sound effects ) and what they felt about the film (fear? sadness? happiness?) Congratulate on their natural ability to recreate pictures, sounds and feelings. Say that today's activity will extend that ability.
  • Use the next reading from the class textbook. Have your students guess possible storylines from the title and note them on the board. Now hand out copies and invite everyone to read the text to check which guess comes closest to reality. Remind to picture the scenes in the story while reading, just as they did when remembering the film. Say that you'll be asking questions about their pictures after they have read it.
  • Verify the accuracy of guesses, ask a few questions about the textual information then ask a lot of questions about information which is not in the text. Challenge students to describe the main characters, the setting, and the sounds which they attribute to the story. Ask them how they feel about the conflict in the story and about the end.
  • After students have answered the questions congratulate them congruently on their ability to visualize.

You might like to inform students that research like that of Brian Tomlinson in Japan has found that those people who created pictures in their head while they were reading recalled the story better. He also found that it was easy to boost recall in others simply by reminding them to visualize while reading. Point out that visualization is important because visualization = comprehension.


One fun way of stimulating students' imagination prior to written work is called guided imagery. This is the procedure:

Announce to students that you are going to help them to describe their Halloween celebrations in writing. Explain unusual vocabulary in the story below. Then say, "Everyone get into a comfortable position for listening to a story. You can close the eyes while listening if you like."  

You are at home describe the character's clothes is there a hat? do you need something for your hands? will you wear a mask? do you need to paint your face? which colors? everyone goes to school dressed up you must look for something to put on you remember other times when you dressed up you think about the clothes you put on   tomorrow is Halloween how do you feel? What do you talk about? Now the carnival has ended and you have had a good time you feel relaxed and ready to write about your experience you talk to your friends do they have any ideas? you remember an unusual character that you saw and liked you have decided to dress up you are with your friends now you return to class here and now."

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