Reading aloud in class 'does children no good'
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Children should be taught to read by acting out plays to make the process enjoyable, the Children's Laureate has suggested.
Julia Donaldson said reading aloud in class is too "wooden" to interest today's children in books, and that it makes them feel like they are being tested.
Donaldson, who wrote The Gruffalo said that during school visits, she takes groups of six pupils aside and gives them the chance to swap characters, before finally casting the "play" to be read to the rest of the class. "It can develop children's reading" as well as build confidence, Mrs Donaldson said.
Today, she launches a new series of short plays written for schools, featuring work by authors such as Vivian French, Alison Hawes, Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow.
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