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Reading in four voices

To prepare for this activity, the teacher reads a text aloud, marking where natural pauses occur. The teacher then uses these pauses to chunk the text into meaningful parts. Copies of the text are then created that differentiate the chunks in four alternating type styles. In groups of four, students read the text aloud, each student reading a given type style. Each group should read the text aloud twice as English language learners' fluency often improves from a second reading. The group then discuss the text.

The benefits of reading in four voices:

  • Students focus on chunks of words; on chunks of meaning. Research tells us this is how students build their language – by learning language chunks.
  • Students process meaning at a greater depth.
  • Four voices can be used with both factual and fictional texts including poetry and mathematical problems.

Watch this video to see students using this activity in a year 9 classroom

Published on: 19 Jan 2018