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Reading Aloud for a Substitute Teacher

Anney Pan from China

Look at your hair and that jacket!

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Suddenly, she said, "You!" Everybody looked around. I looked behind me, but then she looked right at me and said, You! Look at your hair and your jacket."

This Monday our regular teacher was absent, and we had a substitute teacher. She was teaching present perfect: indefinite past. On the first page of the lesson, there was a story from a movie star's journal. The substitute teacher said, "Let's pick a student to become the movie star and read the story."

Suddenly, she said, "You!" Everybody looked around. I looked behind me, but then she looked right at me and said, "You!" Look at you hair and your jacket. It's fashionable--just like the movie star, so come in front of everybody and read.

She wanted me to be the movie star in the who got the National Acting Award! Then I started to read aloud, "I've just won the National Acting Award! Now I'm famous! I cannot believe it!"

But when I wanted to continue to read, the teacher stopped me. She said "When you read, you should read emotionally!" I know when I read, I don't read very well. I wanted to read well, but I didn't know how to. I just tried to read well and finished the paragraph.

Then she picked another student to continue to read. After class, we talked about this class. We decided that picking students to stand in front of everybody to read from the book was good for practicing English because we get more chance to speak.

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