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Can we teach Reading Comprehension?

Yes, we can teach Reading Comprehension. Actually, we must. The big question is HOW? In these posts I will not deal with theoretical aspects and principles regarding Higher-order and Lower-order Thinking Skills – Hots and Lots. I prefer to focus on practical tips illustrated by examples that can be quickly adapted to the class situation.…

Lesson Plan – Focus on Reading Comprehension

Today we will introduce a basic lesson plan focusing on Reading Comprehension. Remember, the lesson should focus on Reading Comprehension, but not consist of Reading Comprehension only. Every lesson should combine 2 or 3 of the following domains: Oral Activities, Writing Activities, Reading and Grammar. After all, We are teaching English, not Writing, Reading or Grammar.…

Following Instructions

If we want students to improve their Reading Comprehension skills, we must teach them the importance of following instructions. Students often ignore instructions or skip part of them. They should be taught to follow instructions carefully. The following exercise is a classic exercise on the need to follow instructions carefully. Hand out the following exercise:…

Reading Comprehension – Finding the main ideas

Finding the main ideas in a text, a paragraph, a sentence is the key to Reading Comprehension. How do we do that? Hand out a text  (three/four paragraphs). The subject of the text should be relevant to your students' interests. The paragraphs should be relatively short. The sentences should be about 1-2 lines long. What…

Teaching Reading Comprehension in Heterogeneous Classes

Teaching Reading Comprehension in heterogeneous classes may prove problematic. It is a serious challenge. Every lesson requires careful planning. The objective is to find a common denominator for all the students and still meet the needs of all or at least most of them, i.e. find a way to enrich the advanced students and enhance…

Oral Activities to promote Reading Comprehension

How can we promote Reading Comprehension? Can Oral Activities help? Can Cartoons stimulate discussion leading to deeper comprehension? Oral Activities and Cartoons can be very useful in the class situation. Reading Comprehension should not be taught by giving hundreds of texts for students to read and answer questions at home or in class. If students…

More Oral Activities to promote Reading Comprehension

How can we make students talk in the English class? Should we use more cartoons to stimulate conversation and promote Reading Comprehension? I think we should. The question is: How?  We spoke about violence in my last post. Since violence is, unfortunately, a very relevant subject, let's continue. As I have already said, I believe that Oral…

Group Activities to enhance Reading Comprehension

Can we use Group Activities to enhance Reading Comprehension? Yes. We can and we should. How can we do that? Let's divide the class into groups of 4 – 6 students. The group has to become a cooperative learning group.  Each student in the group must assume responsibility and participate actively in the group's work.…

Reading and Integrating two Texts

Can we work on two texts in the same lesson? Can Reading and Integrating two Texts enhance Reading Comprehension? How can we do that? Let's divide the class into groups of 4 – 6 students. Half of the groups will be given one text and the other half will get the other text. Both texts…

Reading and Writing – Introduction

Can we combine Reading and Writing? Can the combination of Reading and Writing improve students' abilities in both domains? We will try to answer this question and work on this idea using group activities. How can we do that? Let's divide the class into groups of 4 – 6 students. All the groups will be…

Finding the main idea – Advanced level

Is it always easy to find the main idea of a text? How can we do it? The main idea of a text must appear in every paragraph. A paragraph that does not contain a certain aspect of the main idea or some information closely related to the main idea does not belong to the…

Integrating two texts – Advanced level

Is it possible to integrate two texts? Yes, as long as they deal with different aspects of the same subject or at least, as long as we can find what they have in common. How can we do it? Let's start with the first text. Text No.1* Students often complain about great pressure at school.…

Analyzing and Comparing two texts

Last week we dealt with Integration of two texts. This time we will work on Analyzing and Comparing two texts. How can we do that? We need to find what  the texts have in common. What is the common denominator?     and then, In what way do the texts differ?    Let's start with…

Comprehension – Relevant and Irrelevant Information

We have been working on analysis and integration of texts for a couple of weeks. This time we will focus on relevant and irrelevant information. How can we do that? We have to read the text carefully, find the main ideas and then discard any information that is irrelevant. If we can do that, it…

Oral Activities and Reading Comprehension

Oral Activities, based on prior knowledge, will facilitate comprehension of a Reading Comprehension Passage. We will start with a cartoon. What is the appeal of cartoons? The cartoon will encourage students to talk. Capturing the attention of and engaging pupils during lessons is at times challenging and frustrating. Cartoons are an excellent teaching tool. Pupils…

Reading Comprehension as a process

Reading Comprehension is a process. Different people see different things in a text. Even the same person may sometimes see different things in a text after reading it for the second or third time.  A text is like a picture – it is subject to personal interpretation. In the next posts I will bring different…

More about Reading Comprehension as a process

In my last post we discussed Reading Comprehension as a process. The following is the second text presenting a new aspect of our general theme: Culture, Customs and Manners. The objective is to enrich the students' information and knowledge of the topic since prior knowledge certainly facilitates comprehension of a text. Introducing Text No. 2…

Reading Comprehension as a process-Step 3

  Two weeks ago I published my first post on Reading Comprehension as a process. Last week I published my second post on this topic. The following is my last post centering around the general theme: Culture, Customs and Manners. The rationale behind the unit is to present various texts focusing on different aspects of…

Improving Reading Comprehension

What else can we do to improve Reading Comprehension? Following many teachers' requests, I have decided to bring a few more examples on Reading Comprehension as a process. The objective is: Improving Reading Comprehension. I will bring two texts dealing with different aspects of a certain subject. From text to text we will accumulate information…

Improving Reading Comprehension – Step 2

In my last post we discussed Improving Reading Comprehension. The following is the second text presenting a new aspect of our general theme: Communication Devices. The objective is to enrich the students' information and knowledge of the topic since prior knowledge certainly facilitates comprehension of a text. Introducing Text No. 2 (link to Text No.…

Graphic Organizers to improve Reading Comprehension

Today we will discuss the use of Graphic Organizers to improve Reading Comprehension. What are Graphic Organizers? Graphic Organizers are simple visual tools that allow students to break down stories and nonfiction texts. They also help kids keep track of thoughts as they read.  Who are Graphic Organizers mainly intended for? Every reader will benefit…

More Graphic Organizers to improve Reading Comprehension

Last week we discussed the use of Graphic Organizers to improve Reading Comprehension. Our subject today is Utopia. I will introduce two texts and we will use a graphic organizer to organize the information the texts offer. Introducing Text No.1 Let's start with an Oral Activity. Look at the following cartoon. Click on the link…

Reading and Writing – Intermediate Level

Can we combine Reading and Writing? Can the combination of Reading and Writing improve students' abilities in both domains? We have already talked about this issue in the post called Reading and Writing – Introduction. We will now approach the issue from a different angle. The text will provide information on a certain subject and…

More about Reading and Writing

We have already discussed the importance of combining Reading and Writing. We know that this combination can improve students' abilities in both domains. In my last post I introduced a short text on learning languages. The text provided information on the subject and based on that, students had to deal with Writing Activities.  We will…

Oral Activities leading to Reading and Writing

Today we will discuss Oral Activities leading to Reading and Writing. We will try to combine Oral Activities, Reading and Writing. We will start with Oral Activities. Look at the following cartoon. (Click on soldier 1) soldier 1 Describe the scene and the idea behind it. Do you approve? Is the cartoon realistic, authentic, exaggerated…