A primary teacher showed me a web-based program that reads a story to a student. Then the student records his/her own reading of each page of the story and then the program plays it back.
The teacher thought it was wonderful. She was so pleased that each student could record his/her own reading. I disagreed.
It is wonderful that a student can hear a story. However, after the student records his/her voice, there is no correction. The student can read “in a house” and say “in a hose”. The only way for the teacher to ascertain how well the student reads is to listen to each story of each student while the teacher reads the story book. That is a very time consuming task.
I know that the listening and repeating technique is not always effective. Please don’t ask me to speak the Italian I thought I had learned from “listen and repeat” tapes.
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007