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BRIEF BOOK SUMMARY:
Reading Comprehension Passages: Congolese Tales, Studentís Book, is a collection of eleven Tales from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They belong to the Oral Tradition. They have been transmitted from mouth to mouth to younger generations. They hand down traditions and customs from one generation to the next one. The protagonists of the tales are human beings, animals and objects. The animals take on human characteristics: greed, jealous, honest, empathy etc. The tales are told to children by adults in the evenings around a fire or under a blue and starry sky. They are not told aimlessly. Their objective is to inculcate in childrenís mind values which will enable them to have harmonious relations with the members of their communities, to be wise enough to cope successfully with lifeís challenges and situations. And so children are taught to take into consideration the recommendations and instructions of more experienced people, to be considerate to other people, to be humble, wise and cautious. They are rendered aware that, in life, every human being must be responsible of his deeds and will reap what he has sown. The tales also help children develop astounding capacities for memorization. Some tales are punctuated with songs. The latter help children to have the sense of rhetoricís and rhythm. This book is intended for students of English at advanced level. At the end of each tale, there is an English glossary, the aim of which is to help students to have a better understanding of the tales and to enrich their vocabulary. It also contains exercises which are in connection with the tales and the exploitation of which runs as follows: Comprehension questions; The reordering of some sentences closely connected with the tales; Lexis; Sentence completion; Discussion points and Creative writing skills.