ESL student struggling

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  1. rookieABC123

    rookieABC123 Comrade

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    Does anyone have any ideas for helping an ESL student with reading. She's an excellent reader, but is EXTREMELY low in reading comprehension.
    I am thinking of ordering new curriculum just for her. Any suggestions on a good ESL curriculum?
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    SOOO in over my head here. As a math teacher, I don't really understand how she can be an excellent reader without good comprehension-- isn't comprehension what reading is all about?

    Anyway, I thought I would give it a shot as a mom.

    Is she a fan of, say, HIgh School Musical or Zack and Cody or something similar? Any TV show that also has books? I'm thinking that you could first watch an episode,then have her read the book. She would already know the gist of the story, so you could build both her confidence and her enjoyment of the task. Then you could segue to episodes she hasn't seen-- the characters would still be fairly predictable, so she would be able to infer a lot about the plot.

    Again, I have no idea whether this has any merit, but thought I would give it a shot :)
     
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    Alice, let me try to explain...reading specialists feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. My knowledge of the topic come only from one of my own kids who experience similar issues when first learning to read.

    A student can be an "excellent reader" when she is able to sound out and decode written words with accuracy and fluency. Comprehension, on the other hand, is when the child actually understands what she's reading. I'm assuming this student reads the words as well as any other child her age, but when asked questions, has no clue what she's just read.

    I'm also going to assume the fact that she's an ESL student might have some bearing on her low comprehension. It could be that she simply doesn't have a good enough grasp of the English Language to comprehend written English up to standard. I have no idea what you can do, other than spend more time working on learning the language, to help with that. Of course, since this is FAR out of my specialty area, I don't have any ideas on how to do that within the constraints of the school day either.
     
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    Thanks a lot for input. It does help. I will just keep plugging away....
     

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