Post-Reading Activities for ESL Students

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Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

This lesson will discuss the importance of post-reading strategies for English as a second language (ESL) students. The lesson will focus on different strategies you can use during instruction.

Post-Reading Activity Importance

For maximum comprehension of a text, it's important to fully engage before, during, and after reading. Post-reading strategies help readers summarize their learning, check for understanding, and organize their thoughts and ideas. English as a second language (ESL) students should also participate in post-reading strategies, but you'll want to make the content more comprehensible for them. Let's take a look at some effective post-reading strategies for ESL students.

Re-Telling a Story

When teaching native English speakers, you might assess students' comprehension by having them re-tell the story either verbally or in writing. For ESL students, try using a more visual approach. Two re-telling approaches for ESL students include picture dictation and comic strips.

Picture Dictation

Provide pairs of students with a series of images from the text and have them practice putting them into the correct sequence. For more advanced students, you can cut up sections of text that summarize a story and have them assemble the sections in the right order.

Comic Strips

You can also provide students with a blank comic strip with six to eight frames. Ask them to re-tell the story by illustrating the main plot points. To make this more manageable for ESL students, show them several examples of comic strips. Complete the first one or two frames together as a class to model the process for students.

Allow low-proficiency students to write the captions in their native language since you're assessing reading comprehension and not language proficiency. Have students re-tell the story with a partner using their comic strips as a guide.

Writing Story Summaries

Having students write a summary of the text is a good approach to check for reading comprehension. The same approach, with some modifications, is also ideal for ESL students.

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