I’m not a big fan of having English Language Learners read aloud individually to the entire class, though I do have students doing it when it’s part of a small group (reader’s theater, in partners, or when they’ve practiced reading a short passage and “perform” in front of the class). It seems to me that, outside of those engaging interactions, having students read a passage aloud is not very energizing to them (or even worse — a confidence destroying experience) and pretty deadly for the rest of the class.
However, I know this is a matter of debate among teachers of English Language Learners. I’ve found some good posts about the topic, including tons of comments on them, but I haven’t been able to find a single piece of research on the subject.
So I thought I’d share links to the online discussions, and hope that a reader can recommend research. Can you help me out?
Thanks to Julie Niles Petersen, I realized that the reason I couldn’t find research was because it’s generally called “round robin reading” or “popcorn reading.” Thanks, Julie! After a search, I found a ton of research pointing out what a bad instructional strategy it is. Here are a few links that I’m adding to that list:
Small Group Reading Instruction (go to page six)
Here are my choices for The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class:
Reading aloud allowed? is from Oxford University Press’ English Language Teaching Blog.
Reading aloud in class is a complete waste of time – Discuss… is by Ken Wilson.
Why I hate reading aloud is by Laura Patsko.
To Read or Not To Read is by Tamara Jones.
Jeremy Harmer on reading aloud is online presentation.
5 Reasons Not to Use Round Robin Reading with ELLs is from Colorin Colorado.
11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading is by Todd Finley.
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