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COMPREHEND

An interactive English programme

Problems in comprehension occur when children are able to read fluently and accurately, but are unable to understand what they are reading. Children who are unable to comprehend struggle academically and develop low self-esteem. Good comprehension requires good listening, reading and critical thinking skills.

COMPREHEND is an all-encompassing English comprehension and critical thinking programme that uses physical and digital formats to improve a child’s audio, visual and written comprehension, while enhancing practical literacy. Children are exposed to material across media – print, audio, websites, videos, menus, advertisements and even brochures. They start with the development of simple skills such as details and sequence, and progress to higher order thinking skills such as inferences, fact and opinion and cause and effect.

What is unique about the program is that it identifies where children are at in terms of reading levels and starts from that level, so that they can slowly build up their English language and understanding skills.

COMPREHEND is available for grades 1-8 and is critical from Grades 1-5 so that children are able to build a solid foundation in terms of learning and language skills. Good comprehension empowers children to become self-learners
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Why is Comprehension Important?
Comprehension is the ability to read, process and understand the information being presented. It has been found that children across schools experience sever problem in comprehension. Without the ability to comprehend, what they read is just a string of words with no meaning. They are unable to derive an understanding of what the writer or speaker is trying to communicate. Without this ability, the reader/listener is unable to use the information efficiently, which is a critical need at school, and later in life. When a child struggles with comprehension, she/he also struggles with academic grades. Think about it- what she reads in a textbook is a sequence of words that just does not seem to make much sense. All she can do is desperately depend on rote.

Dependence on rote has limitations in today’s environment. It might get you to pass that one exam, but in a world where information is constantly changing, the need of the hour is the ability to take in new information and make sense of it. It is then the ability to use it.

Comprehension is a complex skill that is developed only with practice. A structured program is vital. More importantly, it is quite different from fluency and word recognition. Comprehension is the ability to grasp and analyze the essence of the text so that they no longer feel like just a string of words put together – it is a child’s ability to understand the characters, the main ideas, identify the details or the sequence, or even make predictions of what is expected to follow.

Without comprehension children find it difficult to apply concepts – whether science or math. To comprehend you need to think, you need to analyze, and structure your thoughts. But when you can, you have the power to learn anything new, you have the confidence to master a new concept and you are ready to succeed!

A structured comprehension program at the right time is considered the best remedial program for children who are falling back in their grade across the world.

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Children who experience deficits in reading comprehension lag behind in class

Journal of Research in Reading

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