When learning to read aloud practice as small children in kindergarten or preparatory school, one of the activities that the teacher would ask the kids to do is to say the numbers and the words out loud. This makes the brain record the sound of the words as spoken by the child. Once it hears the words out loud, it will never forget the way the sound goes with the image.
We were taught as kids to start reading aloud in class. First, it would start with letters or numbers which slowly became more complicated as the years went on and we got older. By the time we reach grades one or two, the language teacher would start insisting that we learn to read our books quietly, some would cheat and whisper to themselves because they have to listen to their own voice, or else find it difficult to understand. Eventually, the whispering becomes less and less until finally reading silently, we still can hear our voice, but only in the silence of the mind.
The whole scenario changes when we get to high school and college. The language teacher turns to become the literature one, and this time they insist that we start reading out loud. Why is there a sudden change of technique?
Well, at this point, we start learning newer ideas. Slang is what we hear. We use that instead of proper English. So the lit teacher says we have to read out loud to improve our deteriorating reading and pronunciation skills. Eventually, we get back on the saddle and we start reading out loud poems or literature. All of which contain gentle cadences which change the mood of the written word.
These techniques are what you as a learner of the English language should take into consideration. Your mind had been trained to listen to your own native language and it is resisting the learning. So you can train your mind to listen to something new by actually reading out loud the words in a book. With feelings and emotions as the word turns. This way, what the eyes see, the brain will hear and the learning becomes faster. You can develop skills wich will get better the more you keep read aloud. Practice!
Very good practice
When learning, a very good practice is to read aloud, just as small children are doing. Actually, when kids are in kindergarten or preparatory school, one of the activities the teacher asks the kids to do is to say numbers and words out loud. Why this is so important?
Well, when you say things aloud, you brain is recording the sound of the words – that is why children are picking up so fast! When kids hear the spoken words, its brains are associating the words with the images and this is something what is not forgotten which sound goes with which image. As children we were taught to start reading aloud in our classes. At the beginning it started with letters, numbers and simple words, but slowly, as we were growing up, the level was getting much more complicated.
Read our books quietly
Before we reach grades one or two, the language teachers would start insisting that we should start to read our books quietly, but still aloud. In this situation, some children probably would try some cheating and try to pretend that they are whispering especially when some words were too much complicated to read.
However, with time and more and more practice everyone was able to read all even the most complicated words, even if they were syllabling – slowly, but constantly moving forward to use your language as much as you only can.
Eventually, the whispering becomes less and less until finally children were reading silently – at this stage the reading is just kept in your mind. Reading aloud is very important, because you get used to use your own voice, you are putting your effort in correct pronunciation and finally – getting used to all those tricky pronunciation rules. Also, while reading aloud you can assure yourself that you fully understand what are you just reading about.
Bear in mind that when you are in high school, your language teachers, who actually now become literature teachers, are coming back to the idea of reading aloud all the books and texts you need to get through while your further language skills development.
Maybe you pose a question here – why teachers are coming back to the practice you used to do when you were a child? Okay, so there is a simple explanation – while you get older, all what you hear around you is just a slang. And this is something you already picked up, you are using, but the true art is to master language and get to know as many unfamiliar words as you only can in order to express yourself in unique way, always naming things their names. So this is the reason why the literature teacher says that we have to read out loud in order to improve our deteriorating reading and pronunciation abilities and skills.
Eventually, this is the best way when we get back on the saddle and we start reading out loud poems or literature of the famous writers or poets. With time, we are getting to know more and more words, similar in their meaning, but being used in different occasions – they are proper gentle tastes to express our feelings, moods, emotions, to underline important things and negligent these not important at all.
These techniques are really exactly these, what you, as a learner of the English language should take into serious consideration. Because of many years of practice in schools from your youngest years your mind is trained to listen to your own native language, and believe it or not – it is resisting the learning process. There is no other way, no better practice as to train your mind to listen to new things by actually simple reading out loud the words in a book, in a favourite one or interesting one. Try to read loudly, but from your heart, with feelings and emotions as the word turns and sounds.
Through this way, you will see the pictures painted by the writers and your brain will hear the words and permanently will associate words with images and, as result – your learning becomes far more faster and all of these things you will learn in this way are not to be forgotten. Through reading aloud, you can and you will develop skills – the more you practice, the more you learn. In a nick of time you will see how your language has been improved by you and you will notice that all the time you sacrificed for this practice has not been wasted for your process of learning.
This is really simple. All what you need to do is to start from reading any of the English books. There are many books available in different languages in bookshops, I am sure you can also try to rent a book from the nearest library. Also, you can buy specialised magazines written in English and try to get familiar with innovative words by looking them up in dictionary. If you are not sure, how you should pronounce given word, you can check in translation app, available online, ask your teacher or your friends for help and I am pretty sure you will get some help.
Believe me – practice makes master and with this kind of practice you will very fast develop your language skills and improve your abilities. If the kids are able to read aloud and very quickly pick up pronunciation and new words, just imagine your capabilities and results of your effort.