Nulu challenges users with varying levels of comprehension questions to expand their learning and make certain that they have truly understood the stories.
Students need a way of confirming that they understand what they think they understand.For example, when English learners read a story in that language, they need to be able to test how well they understand those English words.
If they had no assistance in reading the passage, or if assistance only came in the form of English definitions, they wouldn't know how accurately they interpreted the text and the supporting notes.If they used a Spanish translation to help understand those words, they would need to be sure that a connection was made between English words and their meanings, not just Spanish words and their meanings.In both situations, an exercise geared toward testing short-term word knowledge would help those learning English get a feel for their level of comprehension.
At the end of each Nulu story, there are a few questions that help test students' comprehension.The aim is not to provide tricky questions but rather to give students a moderately challenging way of reinforcing what was learned.Answering the questions correctly serves as a positive reinforcement, making students feel good about the experience and motivating them to learn more.
Why is it necessary to have perfect understanding of the target language?
Every encounter with a foreign word either produces a positive or a negative association in a student's mind, depending on whether or not he understands its meaning.To convert any negative associations to positive associations, a student has to make a clear form-meaning connection where one was missing.
If a student cannot make those connections quickly and easily, he or she inevitably forgoes the task, and as a result, suffers the frustration and uselessness of sort of knowing what he or she has read.The more this happens, the more likely it is that this student will give up on his or her pursuit of a foreign language.
Nulu provides a clarity of understanding that is, therefore, necessary to English and other foreign language learners so that they can benefit from what they study today and stay motivated enough to tackle new material tomorrow.