Speaking Out About Reading Out Loud

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Speaking Out About Reading Out Loud by Jay Howard Sometimes, an English 097 or 099 instructor will send a text to be read out loud in my Learning Lab class. When I receive this sort of recommendation, I try to figure out why it was made and what it will accomplish. Quite often, the text to be read is short and is to be the basis for a writing assignment. In this case, I select myself as the best reader who can facilitate this task. I know all the words, or if I do not, have a very extensive repertoire of approaches to decode unknown words; I can read with meaning, giving inflection to key segments; and I can pace the reading, maintaining attention and leaving enough time for discussion or writing. Sometimes, I have the suspicion that the recommendation to read out loud is made because that is what reading instruction is traditionally considered to be. Now, I cannot deny that elementary reading instruction is often centered on oral reading. So if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, then it must be a duck? Perhaps in elementary school.
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Buchholtz during the Spring '08 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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