Learning the subject: Reading (Regular ESL)

Reading is a man-to-man class and is one of the five core subjects of the Regular ESL course of Monol. It is facilitated for one hour and focuses on honing the students’ comprehension through varying reading activities.

Unlike any other classes in Monol, the Reading class is the only subject in Regular ESL that gives students homework even before the beginning of the formal class. The homework entails reading the first unit’s passage in advance, answering the questions in Comprehension Task (which comes next after the reading passage) and filling the notepad with entries that will be useful for the oral summary of the student the next day. The output of the student’s homework shall, then, be checked and discussed with the teacher as they go along the lesson.

Here’s what a Reading book looks like…


All Essential ESL Reading books have units with two lessons:  Lesson A and Lesson B. Foundational ESL Reading books, on the other hand, only have one lesson.

Apart from discussing the output of the students’ homework, it is also a part of the class to let the students read the passage aloud. During this time, the teacher also gets to give feedback on the pronunciation of the students. However, in-depth discussion on the proper sounding of words does not become part of the lesson.

Naturally, the class covers vocabulary and grammar expansion. The teacher presents a list of words related to the reading passage and gives a quick discussion on their meaning and proper usage. Grammar rules are discussed on this section as well.

After these activities, it will be time for students to give an oral summary of the reading material. Here, the students can use the entries of their notepad as a guide to their summary. The teacher shall, then, discuss the errors encountered in the given summary and relay the corrections.

Now let’s go to Lesson B, which is facilitated the next day…


For Essential ESL students, Lesson B gives them a Speed Reading activity. Since it is a timed comprehension activity, the teacher presents a few vocabularies from the reading passage that might be difficult for students to understand. This way, the students will already have an idea of the meaning of the some words in the passage to help them understand the main idea. Further, both the teacher and the student will have a run through on the Comprehension Check questions. After reading the passage, the students will answer the questions through spoken form. Through the answers, the students are gauged on how they properly understood the passage they read. The teachers, on the other hand, will write the students’ answers word per word. Corrections and feedback will, then, be discussed afterwards.

Since Essential ESL students have to discuss one unit for two days, they get to accomplish their homework every other day. Meanwhile, Foundational ESL students are required to do their homework every day because they discuss one unit a day.


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