What are the benefits of [Reading Out Loud in English]?


Reading sentences out loud is an effective way to learn a language. At many elementary schools in Japan, children learn to read out loud daily in Japanese class and for homework. Reading out loud is also effective when studying English. In this article, we will introduce practical techniques for reading out loud in English.

子どもにぜひ実践させたい! 「英語の音読」がもたらす良い影響とは?

Why should children learn how to read out loud?

It is important for children learning English to practice their “speaking” and “listening” skills. However, few Japanese families can provide a good environment for their child to practice speaking English. This is why it is effective to incorporate reading out loud in English to your child’s daily study schedule.
The curriculum of many English preschools incorporates reading and speaking activities. Practicing reading English sentences will help children understand English pronunciation and intonation. As children memorize sentences and understand English content, their proficiency will also improve.

Key Points to Consider When Reading Out Loud to Your Child

Parents should keep the following points in mind when reading out loud to help your child become familiar with English naturally.

Start with simple, short sentences

Starting off with difficult sentences may cause your child to lose confidence and motivation. It is recommended to start by having your child read simple sentences with 5 to 10 words. English language textbooks with short sentences are easy for younger children to memorize and repeat.

Choose subjects that your child is interested in

Reading and talking about subjects that you are not interested in is even boring for adults. However, when you choose a subject that interests your child, he/she will enjoy reading rather than thinking of it as a chore. All children have different areas of interest so parents/teachers should try to find a picture book or teaching materials that fit their child’s interest with easy-to-read sentences.

Use CDs, DVDs and Voice Pens

There are many English learning CDs, DVDs that feature English picture books and story time and Voice Pens that read the story out loud when children click on the words. These tools are effective when incorporated into your child’s English learning. When listening to the CDs, DVDs and Voice Pen, children can practice imitating the correct English pronunciation they hear.

Encourage your child to read out loud everyday

Entering the date or putting a sticker on the calendar every time they read will help motivate your child to continue reading daily.

Reviewing and repeating what you have learned is effective

Reading the same sentences over and over again will help your child improve his/her English proficiency. Start by reviewing what they read the previous day before introducing a new sentence. If your child makes mistakes, make sure to have them repeat the sentence until they get it right.

In order to master English, it is important for students to practice their English pronunciation. Repetition is key so even reading out loud a few minutes a day will improve your child’s English ability dramatically. Attending English conversation classes or an English preschool from a young age is a great way to support your child’s English language development and encourage them to gain interest in English. During these classes, children will be exposed to Native English in a fun learning environment with their peers.