You should always read your writing aloud at some point, especially during sentence-
When reading your paper aloud, you should read…
Reading too quickly or too quietly, not articulating clearly enough, or simply speaking without
emotion will make reading aloud useless: all of your paper will sound the same (boring), and
the awkward spots won’t stand out.
It’s best to read your paper aloud when you’re alone so
you don’t have to worry about sounding silly in front of anyone.
Also Important—you should…
…speak your text exactly as it is written
, as if it were someone else’s writing; don’t make
changes or fill in gaps as you go to make it sound smoother—you want to hear messy spots
loud and clear, so you know you have to change them.
…listen as you are reading for spots that sound bad
—passages that are
awkward, not as
good as they could sound, more complex than necessary, less detailed than they need be, etc.
If you ignore a problem on the page as you read aloud, your paper may sound better now, but
the problem stays on the page, where it will harm the paper.
…mark problems areas
—Underline or circle them, but don’t interrupt your reading to
correct them now, or you won’t get to hear how your paper flows as a whole.
…go back to these spots later on
Reread them, figure out the problem (is it word choice,
the order of the sentence, missing punctuation, or is there some unnecessary/missing
content?), then try to amend it.
…do this more than once, several times, if you can
—Ideally, you should read your paper
aloud each time you make major revisions.
You might read individual sections (especially
important ones, like your thesis or introduction) more than a dozen times to make sure they
sound polished and smooth.
Have each person in your group read aloud one of the sentences assigned to your group.
When reading aloud, be sure to read slowly,
clearly, and with some emotion (as we discussed).
As you listen to the sentence read aloud, try to spot the part that sounds odd or off.
As a group,