What makes a good reader?

Nedra Newkirk Lamar writes: "There are, in my opinion, just three indispensables to good reading:

  • Audible voice
  • Intelligible diction
  • The meaning, The meaning, The meaning

Analytical Reading can help you uncover the writer's meaning and convey that to your listeners. You'll soon find yourself reading as naturally as you talk and bringing the written word to life. The result is remarkable.

How are you taught?

Analytical Reading instructors teach by the Socratic method. Questions from the teacher help the students analyze passages for themselves. Students are never told how they must read a passage.

Students learn to apply the pertinent principle and then decide for themselves how to read the passage. The question and answer technique is used in a conscientious effort to avoid influencing the pupil's thinking and to guard against imitating the teacher.

Teaching is done in classes or individually, in person or by telephone. Some teachers are also using Skype™ or FaceTime®, which you may find convenient.

What will you learn?

  • The principles and patterns of emphasis and phrasing used unconsciously in everyday speech
  • How to apply these principles to uncover the writer's meaning
  • How to bring out the writer's meaning as you read and avoid personal misinterpretation
  • How to bring out the healing meaning of passages in the Bible and other writings
  • How to speak naturally when reading Bible verses, poetry, song lyrics or hymns
  • How to avoid monotonous or overly dramatic reading and make the written word come to life

About Giving the Sense

Giving the Sense is about how to bring out the author’s intended meaning when you read his or her words aloud. It focuses on these two essentials:

  1. Understanding what you are reading
  2. Knowing how to express that meaning
Giving the Sense identifies the conversational patterns we all use in our everyday speech and explains how to apply them in order to read aloud naturally. You’ll learn how to recognize simple grammatical constructions on the page and how then to phrase, emphasize, and inflect conversationally to give the sense of the writer’s meaning.

This handbook will introduce you to Analytical Reading. Whether you’re a church reader or minister…radio or television announcer…teacher…actor…student…or occasionally called upon to read aloud, you’ll value what this book has to say.

You’ll soon find yourself reading as naturally as you talk, and you’ll develop a skill often viewed as a “gift” in the hands of a few masters of the art.

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