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  • Hi

  • James

  • How you doing?

  • I'm reading the newspaper

  • and having a hard time understanding it.

  • I'm really not comprehending it.

  • "Comprehending" means to understand, or we could say "comprehension."

  • Comprehension is a good skill to learn

  • Many people can read but they don't truly understand what they're reading

  • So, we're gonna work on this to give you some hints

  • on how you can work with English, reading

  • and understand what you're reading. OK? Now

  • I suggest, the first time you read something:

  • Read it quickly!

  • And don't use a dictionary. That's right!

  • A dictionary is not good.

  • Because you miss out on something very important

  • That thing is called ...

  • Many times in your own language, when you read something

  • you don't understand all of the words.

  • You don't always go for a dictionary.

  • You read another words around it

  • and you find out what that word means.

  • That's important for comperhension.

  • OK?

  • So,

  • first step,

  • read ... quickly

  • and underline

  • So! For the first step I want you to :

  • Read quickly,

  • and underline the words you don't know

  • By doing this we're starting your brain on the passage of working on the new information

  • and geting the context of the information.

  • Now, that's not gonna help you understand,

  • but there are two other steps. So, let's go over them!

  • After you read quickly, you're gonna have questions:

  • What are these other words?

  • Here is what we're going to do to help you with that.

  • The second time we're going to read it again.

  • But this time what I want you to do is

  • use your dictionary and we're going to take

  • each paragraph that you read

  • and make one sentence that summarizes it, OK?

  • So, we're going to do read it again. This time

  • use the dictionary

  • and summarize each paragraph.

  • How does this help you? Well,

  • in the first case we read, we didn't understand the words.

  • Your brain starts to ask what did they mean.

  • We take the time to read it again and answer the questions for you brain

  • that enables you to summarize each paragraph

  • giving a basic meaning of it. OK?

  • There's too much information in each paragraph to summarize with one sentence

  • but it puts you in the right track to really understand what you're reading.

  • Which leads me to the third step.

  • OK, ready? Let's go!

  • On the third step...

  • We want to... Yes! I know! Read it again!

  • Yep! But this is the important part, 'cause now you're actually going to understand.

  • Trust me! It's really cool! Watch...

  • At this time we're going to read the whole article and summarize everything we've read, OK?

  • OK! Once you've done that and summarized everything,

  • we're actually on the path to writing essays.

  • Things you might used in TOIEC or TOEFL,

  • but that's another chapter. For now,

  • let's go over the reasons why you will do this.

  • By summarizing everything, you actually have to understand what you're doing.

  • We've read it three times. Each time going deeper into what we've been reading.

  • But that is not the cool part, the really cool part is this.

  • By reading it over and over, you are actually learning idioms, phrases and words

  • that you won't forget.

  • And here is the cool part

  • You'll read faster. Right? Because you are learning these things and keeping them.

  • Every time you read something new, you'll remember it!

  • So, you cut down your reading time. Cool, told you!

  • I know it's slow at the beginning, but I promise you if you follow this method,

  • for a little while, say a month,

  • you'll notice a greatest improvement in your reading,

  • and even more important, you will find that you really understand.

  • Comprehension, kinda cool. Anyway, it's James, got to go, but before I do, important message.

  • If you have any more questions on comprehension,

  • a place you can meet me at, and some other teachers

  • is www dot Eng, as in English, Vid, as in video, dot com.

  • We will be happy to answer your questions and get some of your advice and feedback.

  • I''m out. Comprehension. Have a good day.

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