ERIC Number: ED193630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Oral Interpretation: An Old Technique That Still Works.
Dillard, Camille B.; Yarbro, Richard C.
A teaching technique that has proven successful for many reading teachers, especially those working with remedial students, is oral interpretation. In this approach, the teacher reads passages to students using animated expression and enthusiastic body movements to liven the reading experience. A well-performed oral interpretation by a teacher can motivate students to read on their own, as well as reinforce their fundamental reading skills. The technique can be expanded by allowing students to study a particular reading assignment and then present their own oral readings to the class. This allows students with poor reading skills a chance to participate and gives them practice in the use of pitch, stress, and rhythm. In order to be a good oral interpreter, a teacher must pay attention to (1) correct pronunciation, (2) enunciation and emphasis, (3) appropriate facial expressions and body movements, (4) volume and projection, (5) pitch and tone, and (6) rate and pause. Oral interpretation can add an exciting dimension to classroom activities. It can attract and hold student attention while demonstrating the vitality of the written word. Through oral interpretation, students can experience reading from a new perspective of active involvement rather than with passive endurance. (A rating scale for a teacher's self-evaluation of oral interpretation skills is included.) (FL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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