Some students read extensively and they love reading. This is a wonderful activity which helps you learn about the world. Don't lose this habit! It might seem frustrating that reading isn't contributing to your ability to answer Cloze Passages, but rest assured all the reading is not in vain! You are building a treasure chest of vocabulary knowledge.
The key is to link this treasure chest to the other texts you are reading.
Look for the theme or topic of the passage. Is it about dinosaurs? Singapore history? The Olympics? Use your existing knowledge about these topics to help you better understand what you are reading.
Next identify the text type. Is it a story? Is it a set of instructions? Is it a news report? At primary school level, students do not always have to use the specific terms; knowing that it is a story will suffice, though if they identify a narrative, this will be fantastic. This will help you decide which grammar items to use. For example, you will encounter more past tense and past participle verbs in a news report of an accident that happened the day before.
At times, language learners feel confident and they go with 'what sounds right' in the passage. However, remember that you still need to rely on a good foundation in grammar and vocabulary to know 'what sounds right'. Seek the meanings of words - if you have a tinge of doubt, check the dictionary no matter how familiar you are with the word. Notice how a change in one short word can change the meaning entirely - 'back up' is totally different from 'back down'.
Language learning requires application of skills and knowledge. Keep up your effort at reading - every piece read counts.
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