The Value of Reading and Understanding Characters
We all know the importance of good reading comprehension in language learning for ESL kids. When ESL learners begin to understand the text they read, they develop several language skills and are exposed to a bigger range of learning materials. One great way to develop their reading comprehension is to make them appreciate the characters in stories we give them. This can be done by providing them several oral and written drills to get to know the characters.
When students understand the characters in a story, they begin to see the text through the eyes of the characters which allows them to step into the characters' shoes. This builds a stronger comprehension of the text, making them connect with the characters. But how is this done?
ESL learners must be given stories that can be easily read. These are the stories with relatively simple story lines. It is also suggested that teachers choose a title from familiar contexts with characters that are catchy enough to hook students' interest. Most importantly, ESL learners must be given worksheets that will help them get to know the character better.
It is important that teachers model how to get to know the characters in a story. Over time, kids are able to do it themselves. Soon, they will be able to explain why a character behaved in a particular manner, predict his/her actions and understand his/her traits. Here are some fresh activities and downloadable worksheets that will elicit students' responses to get to know characters better.