Don't like to read?
Studies have shown that children who read to others 20 minutes a day become better readers which will increase their vocabulary. Likewise, writers who read out loud improve their writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills. Reading aloud is a valuable tool which develops the brain and improves their writing. Reading what one writes is the best way to ensure quality writing.
The required recording at Guardian Liberty Voice increases the writer’s confidence. By reading the text aloud, the writer has the opportunity to consider the flow of the article. Additionally, there are typos that are not found during spell-checking because they are spelled as another word. For example, due versus do.
Peter Elbow, from the University of Massachusetts, states there is evidence of the correlation between more accurate writing and reading out loud. His report is entitled, “Revising by Reading Aloud: What the Mouth and Ear Know.”
He writes, “Most linguists agree that all versions of English are equally rich and complex.” There is no actual standard form of the language. Even slang varies from state to state in America. Some of the reported slang is “non-words’ but overall the terms are easily used to replace common words.
Since it is not uncommon to use slang and colloquialisms, reading out loud enables the reader to hear words which are not commonly utilized in the U.S. By reading out loud a person, develops their brain which improves their overall writing satisfaction. Elbow writes, “I find that when students have the repeated experience of reading their writing aloud, they are more likely to write sentences that are inviting and comfortable to recite.” The more often a writer reads their work out loud, the more they tend to hear themselves during the writing process.
As a writer, I find myself grappling for words. It is an uncomfortable situation because while there is the intent, the words or phrasing do not come as quickly as I desire. The result is writing more slowly and reading my work as I write. It is a gratifying experience to read the words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs within an article, as well as know the quality of the work is improved by hearing what has been written.
However, proofreading, rewriting, and self-editing can be overdone. As Elbow writes, “We can’t revise forever.” He suggests reading to another person is beneficial as well. The listener is not there to criticize, but merely to enable the reader’s self-awareness of their writing.
As children, we are required to read in front of parents, teachers, and fellow students. A child is often corrected when reading aloud and as adults that fear of criticism is engrained. Knowing a classmate is only there as a listener is reassuring. I am grateful our instructor has assigned buddies, thereby we have a partner to share our reading. This will help a great deal.
It is oversimplified to believe writing should only be grammatically correct. The strength of a sentence includes grammar and the overall ability to make the article’s content easy to read. As a result, the writer needs to understand that the brain develops by reading aloud, thereby improving their writing.
Opinion By Cathy Milne
Edited By Leigh Haugh
University of Massachusetts: Revising by Reading Aloud: What the Mouth and Ear Know
Slate: The United Slang of America
El Centro College: Why Reading Out Loud Is Vital
Great Kids: The Benefits of Reading Aloud – Even for Older Kids
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