Book Review: Primary 2 English, Mastering Comprehension Visual Text and Cloze by Lim Geok Choo

As our children progress from Primary 1 to Primary 2, they would start to encounter more complex texts whether in school or outside of school. In order to get a head start on their English learning, the Primary 2 English, Mastering Comprehension Visual Text and Cloze is a great choice for them to start practising their Comprehension skills.

Comprehension is no longer just about reading long passages and answering the questions that follow. Visual text comprehension requires students to analyse and draw conclusions from pictures and images. Children will need to learn how to read slogans, signs and short paragraphs. Comprehension cloze, on the other hand, requires students to learn to read between the lines in order to complete the exercises. Students would need an excellent grasp of English grammar and vocabulary to ace this section.

Hence, Lim Geok Choo’s Primary 2 English, Mastering Comprehension Visual Text and Cloze is an excellent book for young learners who are looking to improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills.

About the author

Lim Geok Choo holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree (with Direct Honours) in English and Linguistics. She has more than 30 years of experience as an educator, and has published and developed various English resources for primary and secondary schools as well as junior colleges.

What are visual texts?

Visual texts use not just words, but also images to convey meaning. The use of images helps to make certain meanings clearer or stand out. Students will come across web pages, posters, flyers, advertisements and newsletters in this section.  

What about comprehension cloze?

Comprehension cloze passages test your child’s ability to understand a text. This time, your child is asked to fill in the blanks in a passage with the correct words. This tests your child’s reading and vocabulary skills as they will have to search for clues from the passages to answer correctly.

About the book

Primary 2 English, Mastering Comprehension Visual Text and Cloze by Lim Geok Choo

Primary 2 English, Mastering Comprehension Visual Text and Cloze provides excellent exercises for students to practise their comprehension skills. Its exercises are detailed, and the book is divided into helpful sections for easy revision. The book can be used either in the classroom or at home for self-revision.

The book is split into 2 main sections: Visual Text and Comprehension Cloze. Both sections have are further divided into different units that focus on important aspects of each section.

Examples on how to identify visual clues and details
Explanations of different grammar categories like connectors and collocations

In both sections, examples and explanations are provided to walk the student through answering each question. In the Visual Texts section, students are taught how to identify visual clues and details. In the Comprehension Cloze section, students are introduced to different language categories that will be useful in helping them to expand their vocabulary and understanding of the English language. These categories include collocations, connectors and grouping words.

Guided exercises and tests to revise skills learnt

The examples are accompanied by guided exercises to help students derive the correct answer. This helps them build up confidence before they start attempting the more difficult questions.

There are a total of 30 individual tests for the students to practise after going through the examples in the book. Detailed answers are provided at the end so that students can check their own work.

Common errors highlighted for effective revision

Merely focusing on drilling practices might not be as effective if students do not know about any mistakes they are making. This book highlights the common errors made by students in their comprehension practices. This helps make revision more productive as students are aware of possible mistakes and take more care to avoid them.

It may take time to improve one’s language skills, but luckily, there are many helpful resources available at CPD Singapore. Lim Geok Choo has also authored multiple English titles from Primary to Secondary levels, with topics ranging from Grammar to Paraphrasing skills. For more of Lim Geok Choo’s titles, visit CPD’s website today!