The Benefits of Speaking onto the Page and Reading Aloud
This chapter discusses the benefits of speaking onto the page and reading aloud to three particular groups: newcomers to literacy; fairly competent writers who speak mainstream English; and those who speak non-sanctioned, non-standardized, or stigmatized versions of English. It also considers writing as the doorway to literacy and the objection that vernacular speech and expository writing are not only different languages or dialects but are also different ways of using the mind. Finally, it tells the story of how Chairman Mao Zedong of China tried to increase literacy in his country.
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