Workshop on ‘reading aloud skills’

TEZU, 23 Sep: Around 20 teacher-trainees from the Denning College of Teacher Education, along with students from the IGG College here, and volunteers of the Lohit Youth Libraries participated in a three-day workshop on ‘Reading aloud skills’, which concluded at Bamboosa Library here in Lohit district on Wednesday.

Addressing the inaugural function, Nabanita Deshmukh, eminent writer of children’s books and teacher-educator from Pondicherry, said: “Reading aloud forms the basis of all language learning, especially when a language is used as a medium of instruction. Hence the skills to read aloud a language correctly is important, not only for students and teachers, but to parents and the community at large.”

The focus of the workshop was to expose the participants to various skills involved in reading, and to give them practical experience of using these skills to read aloud effectively and interestingly to a listener, a release from Lohit Libraries stated.

Deshmukh and fellow resource person Bappu Deshmukh dwelt on the “theoretical importance of reading aloud to children in Arunachal’s context.” This was followed by a practical demonstration with several interesting video clips.

The resource persons also presented a part of a Singpho story video, The First House (Pratham Books), scripted by Nabanita Deshmukh. The participants were then guided to “observe various skills, interesting ways of getting students to practise pronunciation, voice modulation, pace of reading, and the impact of sound effects in the listeners, both young and old,” the release said.

“On the last day, the participants presented their own pre-recorded audio clips of reading aloud a book, followed by an actual reading aloud of a story book of their choice,” the release added.

Addressing the concluding session, Assistant Professor Mimu Linggi said that “many more teachers need to attend such practical training in reading skills.”