I just marked the passages I wanted to memorize, quote and use.This is a book every world language teacher needs to read: The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction, by Meghan Cox Gurdon. The author is a children’s book reviewer, not a world language teacher, but she gets it. Her insights into why reading aloud is important are wise and timely in our digitally distracted age.
It is a is a worthy successor to The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease and Reading Magic, by Mem Fox. If you teach with novels, C.I., TPRS or other acquisition-driven strategies, get this book. Virtually every page has something you will be able to use reading aloud to your students.
A series of quotes and observations will follow in the days ahead in additional blogs. Stay tuned.