Reading Comprehension 19 - Understanding Text 1
Reading comprehension is an important element in a person’s learning of the English language. We all know language is spoken or written and consequently heard or read. To guarantee the reader's understanding of the writer certain conventions have to be followed. This Upper Primary quiz will help you to become familiar with those conventions and to spot them in written text.
Understanding conventions in grammar, sentence construction and vocabulary, coupled with knowledge of the alphabet and parts of speech, are necessary for both writer and reader so as to be able to communicate with one another meaningfully.
Vocabulary plays a vital part in language and a person may delve into his vocabulary bank to come up with words that he uses to convey his point of view in a written communication. It is up to the reader to understand the words used. Often, the writer uses words and puts them in sentences which have inbuilt clues which help the reader's understanding. Sometimes, in addition to the clues a context is also presented which again helps the reader to understand the word used. Learning to locate the clues and the context in which the words are used helps the reader immensely to understand what the writer has written. Here, the reader can also fall back upon his own experiences to put the written passage into context and understand the communication.
‘While batting, Sachin Tendulkar has a few eccentric habits, such as adjusting his abdomen guard.’ This text contains a clue which helps us to understand the meaning of the word ‘eccentric.’ Also, your own experience of watching Tendulkar bat would have given a hint as to the meaning of the word ‘eccentric’. Also the context in which the word is use (‘while batting) gives a hint of the meaning of ‘eccentric.’
Regular reading of a variety of texts and all types of writing will help to familiarise you with the conventions of English and also improve your reading comprehension levels. This quiz is just the start!