Monday, May 11, 2015

More on reading aloud

According to Huey (1908), instruction at the beginning of the 20th century placed oral reading long after silent. Currently the trend is the reverse. Huey was critical of any emphasis on reading aloud, which he considered much more difficult and unnatural than reading silently (p. 359). He considered “reading aloud” the opposite of “reading for thought.”—Understanding Reading, page 166

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Another nail in the coffin of "the ancients couldn't read silently." Personally, I find it difficult to remember what I'm reading when I read it aloud. I have to read it silently first, then aloud. Sometimes, I'll be reading something aloud to Debbie and then stop in midsentence; it drives her nuts—and it would drive me nuts, too, if somebody did it to me!
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