There are numbers of ways in which stories can be told. Reading aloud to children should begin when they are infants. This not only encourage children to read but also to let the language becomes meaningful to them. Reading a book with good expressions can stimulates imagination and provides a foundation to build new knowledge.
• Reading aloud should begin during
• Reading aloud can stimulates imagination
and provides foundation to build new
• Reading aloud to children is part of helping
them to read.
“The child who follows the reader’s finger across
the page will make a natural connection
between the sounds of the words and the letters
on the page. It is important that this learning
not to be pushes upon the child. Children will
make this connection naturally and is so doing,
will experience reading as something that posses
joy, mystery and excitement.”
Jim Trelease (chapter 6, pg 178, Sawyer)
• Reading aloud should be part of the everyday
routine of children throughout their school
• The frequency of reading books
aloud decreases as children grow up.
• In 2004 Krashen states in an overview of the
research into the effects of reading aloud that
“Children read more when they listen to
stories and discuss stories”.
“The single most important activity for building
the knowledge required for eventual success in
reading is reading aloud to children.”
Anderson et al, 1985
• Reading aloud also benefits secondary school
students and opens up the world of books to
non-readers and those who are struggling.
Benefits of reading aloud to children
Strengthens speaking, listening, writing and
reading and comprehension skills
Increases their vocabulary
It helps students appreciate the beauty and
rhythm of language
Enhances imagination and observation skills
Improves critical and creative thinking skills
Expands a student’s general knowledge and
understanding of the world
Develops positive attitudes toward books as a
source of pleasure and information and helps
to create life-long readers
Builds community and a sense of belonging
through the shared literary experience.
One need not to be a professional storyteller
to read aloud effectively.
This skill can be achieved by attention and
practice using voice, pace, and a flexible
(Refer Sawyer page 179.)
Guidelines on how to read aloud
Read to suit yourself and the students.
Choose a story you will enjoy reading aloud
The more you read aloud the better you get.
Select stories with an interesting plot, dialogue, some
suspense and/or adventure, suitable emotional content
for the age and background of the students.
• Look for books that support and extend the students’
special needs and interests.
• Ask students for suggestions to read aloud. (“do you want
me to read the book for you????”)
• Become knowledgable - read children’s and young adult
books and explore children’s literature review journals and
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Growing up With Literature – Walter E. Swyerpage 178