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September 13, 2013

Rwanda | Opinion

Effective teaching of comprehension stimulates reading culture

teach-English-in-Rwanda.jpgAn opinion piece from The New Times by a high school teacher in Rwanda on the importance of reading comprehension.

Reading is a very important skill. Learners are expected to read a lot in order to master the concepts that they are taught in all the subjects on the curriculum. They should be guided on how to comprehend the lesson notes and other reading materials like textbooks. Teachers of English Language are supposed to be at the center of equipping the learners with the techniques of effective reading.

I wish to share my skills and experiences with fellow teachers of English language on how effective teaching of reading comprehension stimulates the reading culture among the learners.

Reading is a life skill. Therefore, teachers should guide learners to develop their abilities of reading the various forms of written information. Learners should realise that the passages they read in lessons prepare them to revise their lesson notes of other subjects effectively.

When they acquire reading comprehension skills, they develop interest in reading textbooks, novels, written plays, poems, newspapers, notices, circulars, magazines, brochures, advertisements, autobiographies, biographies, journals and information on the internet. Teachers should enable learners realise the relevance of reading comprehension in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

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