Interpretive Reading Resources - All Levels
We hope you enjoy the over 200 Spanish reading comprehension passages with quizzes provided above. These Interpretive Reading resources provide students the ability to interpret information, concepts, and ideas from a variety of culturally authentic sources on a wide variety of topics.
Our reading comprehension lessons and quizzes will help you immensely when you are studying Spanish. Reading comprehension is the process of constructing meaning from Spanish words. The goal of all reading instruction is ultimately targeted at helping a reader comprehend Spanish words. The process of comprehending involves deciphering the writer's words and then using previous knowledge to construct an understanding of the writer's message. We have gone out of our way to avoid the use of Spanish idioms in our reading comprehension lessons because this greatly increases the frustration on the part of the student.
Many factors affect reading comprehension. Although word identification is a process that should result in a fairly clear outcome (i.e., a student either reads the word "casa" or not) the process of comprehending text is not really an exact science. Different readers will interpret an author's message in different ways, depending on the previous knowledge and background of the reader. Comprehension is affected by the reader's knowledge of vocabulary and knowledge of the Spanish language structure. For example, if the student cannot distinguish ser vs estar or por vs para, then he or she may become quickly confused with even very simple text.
The readers interpretation will also depend upon knowledge of the topic, their reasoning abilities, their desire to learn, and their level of engagement. For example, if they have little interest in the topic, then they may not have much success in correctly interpreting the text.
Reading comprehension is also affected by the quality of the reading material. This is why we have invested considerable time and effort in developing our reading comprehension lessons. Reading material varies greatly in complexity. We carefully select reading material which is appropriate for Spanish students at every level. We are particularly proud of the reading comprehension lessons which present the Spanish present progressive.
Our reading comprehension text that is well organized and clear which makes it ideal for the student. Students should avoid text that is poorly organized and difficult to understand becaue it will confuse and demotivate them. This is precisely the reason why students should not try to read Spanish newspapers or magazines. An excessive amount of work will be required from the reader to comprehend the text. Most students studying Spanish will not have the background, abilities, or motivation to overcome the barriers presented by the difficult text found online and in newspapers.