Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Reading Aloud

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

Improving Comprehension Skills Through Reading Aloud

The authors of this article say that reading aloud has two purposes. 1) The students listen just for the sake of enjoying the stories read aloud. 2) Improving comprehension skills. An example of the latter: students can learn the differences between narrative and informational materials.

The authors suggest a form of the directed reading assignment when materials are read aloud to improve comprehension: provide background information in preparation for reading; pre-teach unfamiliar vocabulary; setting a purpose for reading; and providing active discussions of the material read. [RayS. Makes sense.] LE Santoro, et al. The Reading Teacher (Feb. 08), 396-408.

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