from Francesca Trabella (He cooperated Gerardo Antonelli)
There reading aloud or expressive can be very useful, both for the reader and for the listener. There are courses dedicated to people of all ages: for children aged 8 to 18, for example, there is “BookSound – The books raise their voices”, a project of the publisher Marcos y Marcos, which for adults proposes “The art of reading aloud “. In addition, there are courses on the web and you can join the proposals of bookstores, libraries and associations. The reasons for this passion? “The reader interprets the text in a unique waypulling himself out, ”he explains Gabriella La Rovereexpert in the pedagogy of expressive reading, “and creates a relationship with the listener, who brings attention, memory and logical thinking into play, constructs mental images and elaborates emotional experiences“. Here, then, are some tips to try your hand at best.
- Don’t assume a set tone
We value our natural speech, without trying to set the item: if we are not professionals, we risk ridicule. “The aim is not to be perfect, but to communicate the emotions that the text arouses in us, leaving the listener free to react in their own way”, advises Paula J. SchwanenflugelProfessor Emeritus of the University of Georgia, an authority in the field of reading psychology.
- Turn text into music
Let’s train reading the lyrics in mind first, so as to let them settle inside us, then aloud (perhaps on the tape recorder), playing with the pauses, the rhythms, the intonations. “Good readers know how to turn lyrics into music,” says Schwanenflugel. “However, even studies show it: the brain areas that are activated thanks to music are the same as those of expressive reading ».
- Remember the body
Let us not get anxious or rushed: we decipher and interpret the punctuation marks (periods, commas & Co), and we highlight any sentences in quotation marks, for example using different tones of voice. Let’s remember the body: gaze, posture and hands support and strengthen the voice.
- Change speed
We seek and maintain the bond with the listener, we capture their participation and try to adjust the shot when we realize that we are “losing” him, perhaps because he is bored or does not understand. “Simple variations of speed, intensity and / or pitch they can help, ”concludes the expert.