In an earlier blog I made a case for reading aloud. I got appreciative feedback on these views. Today I found a blog on British Council site reporting positive experience of a teacher who made her students read aloud in the classroom.
An experience two days ago was a painful reminder of lack of reading skill in most people, so essential for teachers, and in general for all of us. A graduate trained teacher candidate told that she would love to teach Kannada to classes 8 to 10 because Kannada was her strength and favorite subject. I asked her to read aloud the first lesson in class 5 text book – a poem by Kuvempu, whom the candidate had identified as her favorite writer. The reading exercise was a disaster with atrocious pronunciation, rendered with very low confidence. Meaning of the stanza? “I do not know.” “Try to reason out.” “I cannot” (read – I do not want to.)
I repeat my request – read aloud nursery tales, sing aloud lullabies. Meaning will dawn some day.