Friday, February 4, 2011
In both second language and native language reading teaching, in early phases of instruction, the role or value of students being required to read aloud (or even speak in public for that matter) continues to be controversial. In HIPoeces work learners do extensive oral practice from the beginning--usually accompanied by "choreographed" body movement. One critical objective is get the learner to begin enjoying the "felt sense" of his or her voice, perhaps for the first time finding oral practice pleasurable and relaxing. Good models of that "state of voice" to emulate can often be found in the commentary of professional writers, such as the one linked above and this one by Justin Graykin. In the Christian tradition, the Lectio Divina practice centers on reading Scripture aloud both in individual meditations and in groups.