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When Adults Read Aloud




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ISBN 9780367086992
November 21, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This is the first book to focus exclusively on an examination of early 21st century adult reading aloud. The dominant contemporary image of reading in much of the world is that of a silent, solitary activity. This book challenges this dominant discourse, acknowledging the diversity of reading practices that adults perform or experience in different communities, languages, contexts and phases of our lives, outlining potential educational implications and next steps for literacy teaching and research.

By documenting and analysing the diversity of oral reading practices (on and offline) that adults take part in, this book explores contemporary reading aloud as hugely varied, often invisible and yet quietly ubiquitous. Duncan discusses questions such as What, where, how and why do adults read aloud, or listen to others reading? How do couples, families and groups use oral reading as a way of being together? When and why do adults read aloud at work?, and Why do some people read aloud in languages they may not speak or understand?

This book is key reading for advanced students, researchers and scholars of literacy practices and literacy education within Education, Applied linguistics and related areas.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

Preface

Acknowledgements

Part 1

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 The Reading Aloud in Britain Today (RABiT) Project

Chapter 3 The Questionnaire: surveying contemporary reading aloud

Chapter 4 Mass Observation

Chapter 5 The interviews and recordings

Part 2

Chapter 6 Family, friends & lovers: community, domesticity, intimacy and mediation

Chapter 7 Working life

Chapter 8 Religion

Chapter 9 Literary life: production, performance, experience and the wordhord

Chapter 10 Aloud alone

Chapter 11 Oral reading and education

Chapter 12 Conclusion

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Sam Duncan is an adult literacy researcher and teacher educator at the UCL Institute of Education. She has a background in adult literacy and community education, and teaches on a range of education, literacy and research-related modules. Sam is the author of Reading Circles, Novels and Adult Reading Development (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers (NIACE, 2014). She has just completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship to research contemporary adult reading aloud practices across Britain.

Reviews

'Oral Literacies is a rich exploration of the complex nature of reading and writing as mobile, embodied, and multimodal. Duncan provides both detailed documentation and nuanced analysis of the wide range of social practices involved in reading aloud that are too often overlooked in literacy research. She complicates the seeming paradox of the concepts in the title to demonstrate the interanimating relationships of speech and text across daily life.'

Bronwyn T. Williams, University of Louisville, USA