Reading Aloud

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  1. Only when reading aloud in language classrooms is used as an activity that is relevant to students and engaging does it become a useful activity. One thing I have tried in the past is having my students them draw what they are hearing when someone is reading aloud, and then compare their pictures afterwards. This helps with those learners that are more visual.

  2. Great tip Jennifer!!! This is another way to get students involved in reading aloud. Thank you for contributing.

  3. I’m not sure I agree: This is not true for all students, certainly, but some of my adult learners do find that they can follow better if they read along and also hear. So if I have enough room to spead students into pairs and groups I like to give them the opportunity to read out loud to each other, alternating paragraphs. In your experience, then, this is no good?

  4. This might be true for adult learners who are motivated and willing to learn. But as fa as I know, and according to my experience with high school students, it is very difficult to catch students attention for a secod or two while one of the peers is reading aloud. That’s why I don’t assign the activity anymore or if I assign it I set a purpose for the reading aloud as described above.

  5. Sonia Mohammad says:

    Hiii.. Thanks alot for your article..
    I understand according to the modern methodolgy of teaching second language, it is no use of asking students to read aloud.. They think as u’ve already mentioned it a waste of time… I do agree with you, but how about the following points:
    1. teacher – student reading monitor
    2- pronunciation , you may find a student of year 10 pronouncing one word incorrectly only because he wasn’t corrected one day
    3- what about eloquence and purity of language
    According to my native language, Arabic, this is a period specified only for listening to students reading aloud…

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