Reading skills are essential at any stage, but for ESL students this skill can be quite challenging, especially when teachers have a mixture of levels in their classes. My class in particular has about five ESL students of a lower intermediate level, whereas the other ten are of an intermediate level. So how do we cater for such a mix while we are teaching reading skills? This post will outline five ways in which a teacher can accommodate for ESL students while teaching reading comprehension skills.
The first strategy is to provide explicit examples of the comprehension skills being taught–for example, summarizing. Many of my ESL students still struggle with this idea. What is summarizing? Not only do you need to provide an example, but you also need to show (with diagrams and images) the key points to include in a summary. You could, for instance, begin to model an example with the whole class and use an anchor chart to discuss what a summary is and isn’t.
Click on the following picture to download the PDF version and either use it as a handout or to create your own anchor chart in class. 🙂