The prose texts usually consist of a collection of essays, novels and modern dramas. The study of prose concentrates fully on the study of language.
The teacher reads the text aloud observing stress, intonation and rhythm. The students listen carefully and pick up both the style of utterance and the ideas expressed in the text. While teaching prose, the teacher should proceed as follows:
- Introduction or revision: the teacher should provide a suitable precise introduction or revision to bring the learners to the text.
- Model reading by the teacher observing stress, intonation and rhythm.
- Word study: the new vocabulary items are introduced and explained.
- Silent reading by the learners.
- Testing the comprehension: the teacher asks questions based on the item read.
- Model reading by the teacher to reinforce what is already familiar to the students.
- Loud reading by the learners, one by one.
- Oral and written exercises to revise and reinforce what has been learned.
The main of teaching prose is to develop the skill of reading.