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August 06, 2007

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Kate

I remember wonderful professors in high school and college encouraging us to listen to texts, so as to better understand them. I actually rarely listen to books, but am thinking of doing so on my long subway ride come fall.

Book Club Girl

Reading to your kids makes you realize how it really is a skill to be able to listen to and understand a story and I think it's something we lose as we get older. Many teachers use the audio of Their Eyes Were Watching God, to teach it to students who have trouble reading the dialect, but who, when they hear the language, are able to understand it. To say that it's cheating makes me nuts, it's like saying that the best writing isn't poetry.
As for your subway ride -- now that you can get audios on right on your ipod, what more do you need?

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