Depends on the kid. I have a number of kids who seem to ONLY really get a text when they hear it (whether they're reading it aloud or they're listening to someone else read). Then, I've got kids who are so distracted by the sound that they can't understand anything; comprehension goes out the window when they hear a text aloud. I think a lot, too, depends on HOW they read - if they're speaking a word as they're looking at it, they're going to have a harder time than those of us who take in a quantity of text at a time and are speaking behind what we've already read.As far as how LONG it should take? Good question; I never really thought of that. I suppose, again, it depends on the person doing the reading. I can read a page of text aloud - with appropriate pauses and inflection - at a normal speaking rate, but that's just me.
Which is better for them (assuming they are not strong readers) - my reading to them or the students taking turns reading?
The most interesting reader. If that is you than so be it. You may have to give instructions on listening comprehension skills.
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