Reading skill method Mrs. Passing Dolma, TCV school Chauntra.
Now days, we see Tibetan students showing less interest in reading books. They don't seem to care if their teachers and parents also wanted them to read. As the world is changing very fast, children are attracted more towards internet and games. So it is our responsibility to change their interest towards reading also. We must encourage them to read good books which are educational such as encyclopedia, plays, fables and books written by H.H The Dalai Lama and so on. I think, this is crucial time to make every Tibetan students get into the habit of reading books.
Here are some of my methods to read correctly and with understanding:
1. Silence reading: Children must be encouraged to read silently without moving their lips. This is quite difficult at the lower level when they are reading for the first time. And later on, they will get used to it. Children must be asked not to run their fingers along the lines which later on lead to bad habit. They should go through the words and sentences with the movement of their eyes only.
2. Loud reading: Loud reading is very effective in correcting the pronunciation. Teacher will find out mistake in pronunciation of any words in no time. But teacher must handle it wisely so that they might not get hurt. This will discourage them to read.
3. Peer recitation: I have seen this method very effective to develop the reading skill. Children like to recite poems with their groups. They enjoy reciting poems at their levels. Teacher must not explain the poem word to word. This will distract their concentration from the poem. At the lower classes, teacher must teach poems having more rhyming words. Children must be given opportunity to write short poems having rhyming words more often.
4. Comprehension passage: When children are given comprehension passage and asked to complete the exercises after reading the above passage, they fail to answer correctly or answer are in broken sentences. I strongly feel that this is all because they can't understand the question tags-such as what, who, where, when, why and how etc. if they understand these words properly, there will be less difficulty. So we must introduce these question tags in the classroom from the beginning of the year. And this will solve many other problems also. Now I would like to conclude here with hope that our children will improve their reading skill and read more and more in future and some of the students will also become good authors and poets as well.