Raquel. Age: 26.
Whether you yourself are a student or a teacher, you probably know that. However, if you want to improve your English or help your student improve theirs, summarizing is a crucial part of learning. You may, however, have questions. Why is it important?
Cameron. Age: 22.
Chapter 2. Summarizing Savvy
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Barbara. Age: 23.
A4. When ELLs Can’t Summarize, use SWBS
Summarizing teaches students how to discern the most important ideas in a text, how to ignore irrelevant information, and how to integrate the central ideas in a meaningful way. Teaching students to summarize improves their memory for what is read. Summarization strategies can be used in almost every content area. The Summary Map activity provides students with practice using the comprehension strategy retelling to improve their understanding of what they read and to foster a greater understanding of the structural features of a summary.
Your ESL students are working on their reading and writing skillsright? But you probably never seem to have enough time in class for both—especially when you want students to have speaking practice as well. While students may not realize it, reading and writing skills are closely related and can easily be mixed together in assignments for their benefit. Although you might tend to focus on just one skill at a time in your ESL class, combining two in summary writing provides students with a greater range of information that can be used for future assignments.