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Quick Write 110811 “Subvocalization 3”

As I replied to Hiro, the author of #4 posting to “Subvocalization 1” thread, reading TOEIC Part 7 passages is, for me, very much like “processing the information in the passages”, not so much of “reading the passages”. Given that TOEIC aims to measure the speed and the accuracy of retrieving the necessary information in the passage written in English with certain time constraints, test-takers need to use the given time as economically as possible to identify the answer, and attune their reading habit to this end. When I “process” nine single passages and four double passages (eight single passages) on the actual test to answer 48 questions, I always feel like as if I were “a scanner”, and I somewhat feel guilty as if I had been disrespectful to the well-written seventeen passages for which I cannot allow myself ample time to appreciate their beauty. Yes, the TOEIC passages are actually beautifully written and should be great example for English learners to copy and reuse in the business (or private) context.

It is seemingly safe to say that subvocalization slows reading speed, but it helps a reader comprehend a passage, appreciate its rhythm and tempo making them more explicit. That is what I do to authentic materials on newspaper/news magazine websites. There is no time pressure, no questions to answer. What matters here is whether or not I understand the passage. I can subvocalize, or even “vocalize” each word in the passage. Yes, I “vocalize” my favorite passages every morning as both speaking practice and vocabulary building. The passages are 600 to 2000 long, and it takes me about 5 to 15 minutes to read them aloud. I believe “Vocalization”, which I use as the equivalent of Ondoku (reading the passage aloud), works in many different ways to enhance English proficiency. Research suggests http://www.eigokyoikunews.com/columns/taishukan/2009/11/qa_1.html that Ondoku will facilitate the automatized language processing, and the automatization of the language processing will no longer require conscious “subvocalization” of each word or sentence. One of the very few advantages I’ve had in terms of English learning is that I learned English from a private tutor during my high school days. She would always have me read every sentence in passages in any length aloud. I believe Ondoku practice that I had done with my English tutor founded the base of my English proficiency.

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