The activity of reading is not about just moving your eyes across the page or the number of words you can read. It is about reading and then processing the information so that you can understand the meanings communicated by the various texts. It is these meanings that create a mental framework for us to process words and ideas. When we understand the information, we read and become familiar with the different writing styles, we can become better writers too.
We conduct a free assessment to give us an idea at what year level your child is working on in terms of their comprehension. Based on the assessment results, we will prepare an individual learning program based on their specific needs to catch up to the desired comprehension level. Usually, the Comprehension Program is part of the English Skills program but when the spelling level is extremely far behind the student’s actual year level, we do an intensive Comprehension Program where the focus is purely on teaching different comprehension strategies to improve meaning. This specialised comprehension program includes:
Cloze comprehension tests refer to those reading passages where a certain number of words are left out and the student needs to fill these words in the context of the passage as they read through. Cloze tests provide valuable evidence of how easy a text is to read and understand. The student answers are then used to determine the reading level of the passage.
In this module the activities are suitable for emerging readers or students who do not have English as their first language. The main focus is on reading and locating the answers which are at surface level. Students read their passages out aloud, they can have their pronunciation corrected, could be introduced to new vocabulary and have a follow-up discussion based on the subject of the comprehension passage.
Higher Order Comprehension Skills
This is part of the English skills program for students who have a reading age which is almost or at their year level. Here, students are taught higher order thinking skills like finding the main idea, making inferences, drawing conclusions, distinguishing between fact and opinion, finding the main idea, finding meaning in context etc. Once students become familiar with these higher order thinking skills, they are able to use this knowledge for other areas of study in other subjects too.
Students who feel overwhelmed with their school tasks and assignments seem to gain much more confidence when they have mastered the different higher order thinking skills. If you are interested to have your child assessed and wish to learn more about our comprehension programs, please contact us for a free assessment.