Reading aloud affords the students who cannot read as well
better comprehension, for the teacher pauses at punctuation,
pronounces correctly, puts expression into the passage. And,
as others have remarked, a teacher's reading aloud models for the
It is also often beneficial to read aloud the beginning of
novels and explain the first chapter to students. In this
way, there interest is piqued and they feel as though they were
given a head start.
Absolutely! I couldn't imagine NOT reading aloud in my English
classes....at all levels but sometimes for different reasons.
For example, with my lower level readers, it is essential to read
aloud because, well, I'm a realist, the majority of students will
not read difficult texts on their own. They don't like
reading to begin with, struggle with comprehension, and reading a
dense novel by themselves isolates them too much. But as #6
adds, I always like to read the "start"of a novel so that students
get a "feel" for what's to come (even with my AP classes). I
always find, though, that some of my weaker students love to read
aloud. This can be a little painful, but I always allow
students to read...even just a paragraph. I've started using
"time" as an indicator of how much a reader will read, and that way
the class doesn't become frustrated with slow pace.