Thoughts on Reading Aloud

EL and Reading aloud


For reading aloud

Against reading aloud

* gives extra pronunciation / listening practice

* can bring a ‘dead’ text to life

* appropriate for poetry and drama

* many students are motivated by oral reading

* can be used as a pronunciation check of students

* learners are often used to it

* can be useful for consolidation

* learners can hear how to read out loud properly

* provides a possible unnatural pronunciation model if done by non-natives (or highly proficient non-natives)

*the reader is often so focused on the articulation that the message is lost, or not understood at all. You can probably read the sentence The grifty snolls clappered rauchingly along the unchoffed trake very clearly but it doesn’t mean you know what it means.

* learners waiting their turn to read may be practising their next line and not listening to others

* it does not allow natural reading strategies – they have to revert to slow reading of every word

* takes considerable class time

* it only usually exists in very restricted circumstances in real life