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Reading Aloud: A Crucial but Neglected Area in English Language Teaching

2 hours and 30 minutes

November 21, 2020

English Language teachers, coordinators (from grades 3 to 10), and parents.

Rs. 1,000/-

1/7E, Mohammad Ali Society, Karachi (Near The Crave Bar)

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Introduction

Reading Aloud by students was once quite a popular tool among language teachers, but unfortunately it suffered from both overuse and misuse. Gradually, it disappeared from most of the English language classrooms.

 

This presentation aims at highlighting the importance of reading aloud in English Language classrooms. Reading aloud, used purposefully and appropriately, can help teachers achieve some important goals in the language development of their students, for example: (1) Comprehension: Fluency in word recognition is an essential condition for reading comprehension; and, it can be gauged, diagnosed, remedied, nourished, fostered, and polished only through reading aloud. (2) Writing: Learners who are fluent and accurate in their reading aloud, and who also demonstrate proper use of pauses and intonation, are likely to be relatively stronger in writing; (3) Speech: Reading aloud can also be used productively for enhancing and supporting the learning of speaking, particularly with reference to areas such as pronunciation, enunciation, intonation, and expression.

Workshop Plan

  • The presenter will explain the importance of reading aloud in English Language classrooms. Original research including samples of children’s reading aloud will be shared with the participants to demonstrate the strong link between competence in reading aloud and competence in other areas of language. Participants will also be given the opportunity for practicing their skills of assessing language learners’ competence in reading aloud.

Take-Aways / or Key Features

  • Understand the key role of fluency in word recognition in developing the comprehension skills of students.

  • Learn the technique of using reading aloud to diagnose the reading comprehension problems of students.

  • Learn the various strategies to help students who have problems in reading fluency.

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