Choose a short lesson from a school textbook. How would you use it to teach reading comprehension to Class ix students? You may write about the following: (i) Any pre-reading activity? (ii) Whether the class reads silently or whether individual children are asked to read aloud. (iii) Mode and type of questions asked (iv) Classroom arrangement (v) Learner participation (vi) Post-reading activities (vii) Project work

Ans. Reading Comprehension in the Classroom: Silent reading of comprehension should be encouraged. The students should not read aloud.

Three Phases of a Reading Lesson:

Pre-reading Task

1. These tasks arouse learners’ interest in the topic, encourage them to predict and deal with difficult vocabulary. Visuals, drawing up of lists or setting questions (mostly oral) may all play a part in pre-reading activities.

While Reading Activity

This phase of the reading process mainly focuses on the content of the text which is the target of reading and not on the knowledge of the learner which he had prior to the reading of the target of text. The basic aims of this phase can be put down as follows:

(a) To understand the main purpose of writer behind writing the text.

(b) To understand the organization of the text.

(c) To understand the meaning of the content of the text.

Usually at the end of the comprehension are fully loaded with many typical and traditional activities and exercises. Teacher should make sure that these activities fulfil the purpose of teaching-reading comprehensions.

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