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In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel

Subject: [Teacher-TalkNovel] Reading out loud

From: Englishteacher5@aol.com
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 14:42:16 EDT

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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