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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Reading out loud

From: Donald/Deborah Peters (csmpeter@erols.com)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 17:53:54 EDT


Michelle,
    I read out loud to my students all the time. They complain if I
don't. It allows them to become engrossed in the book. I also use
children's lit (read aloud) on a regular basis. It is a very satisfying
way to teach.
Debbie Peters

Englishteacher5@aol.com wrote:

> I've seen some of the older posts discussing reading out loud to our
> classes. I think this is a very important factor. We have different
> types of learners, so the reading may help some aural learners. In
> addition, this also gives them a sense of how language should sound.
> I find in my internship classes that many of these students don't
> quite understand the way standard English is supposed to sound. By
> giving them lots of examples of different dialects, we will expand
> their own knowledge of the language.
>
> This also can help when discussing a book. I think for many students,
> they are able to form opinions, but they can't always pinpoint where
> that opinion came from. If we, as teachers, state our opinions on a
> novel and back it up by reading an exceprt, that models appropriate
> discussion techniques, makes the students better critical thinkers
> and teaches them debating skills.
> Michelle Burt

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