While there are many rules of grammar, such as spelling and punctuation, which apply to written English these don’t necessary apply when we are speaking.
Many times a misspelt word or a errant comma have changed the meaning of what we have written.
The grammar rules are there to make sure what we write is clearly understood.
However, what we think we’ve written and what is actually on the page can be two different things.
Reading out loud
When a child is learning to read and write it is important they get into practise reading what they’ve written out loud.
With practise they will be able to ‘hear’ if they have made any mistakes.
When someone is talking in broken language the listener doesn’t have to be very skilled to understand what they are trying to say. By reading their body language, hand gestures and piecing the spoken words together it usually isn’t difficult to understand what someone is trying to say.
This is not the case with written English.
If the words are not in the right order and if punctuation marks are not used or used incorrectly the message can become mixed up.
When a child reads out loud the process is slowed down. This gives their eyes and brain time to see what’s really on the page.
Why is it important to wait before re-reading something?
When a child re-reads something he or she has just written they will read what they think is on the page.
To help them achieve a better level of written English and develop their editing skills leave a space of three or more days.
In fact, the longer the better!
When they do they will be able to hear the mistakes.
Reading your work out loud is a great way to improve your English writing skills.