Nora Fernandez Fernandez
During the month of March and now in April, the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Complutense University of Madrid celebrate the VI Reading Aloud Contest 'Jaime García Padrino'.
The initiative, coordinated equally by both universities, "seeks to encourage reading aloud practice, which is essential for a teacher regardless of their specialty, through this motivating activity," the organizing committee points out.
Specifically, it is the Department of Didactics of Languages, Arts and Physical Education of the Faculty of Education of the UCM and the Area of Didactics of Language and Literature of the URJC who convene the activity. The general objective is to encourage reading and enhance the development of oral linguistic communication by sharing selected passages from literary texts.
The contest is held in two different modalities; individual reading and team reading, which has a maximum of 4 members and must be directed by a teacher. In both modalities, the contest will take place in two phases, the selection phase and the final phase.
The texts admitted for reading can be poems or narrative texts, except those of a dramatic nature. After having finished the selection processes, the contest is heading towards the final test. This will take place on April 24 and 25, after the celebration of Book Day, at the Faculty of Education of the UCM.
According to Nuria Anaya, coordinator of the event on behalf of the URJC, "more than 100 students have registered for this edition, of which 78 are from our university."
The jury is made up of two professors from each university, two professionals from the Spanish education, education and culture sector, and will be chaired by Professor Jaime García Padrino, to whom the name is owed.
The prizes awarded in the VI University Reading Contest will be a batch of books for each modality and for the teacher who helps prepare the group test for his team.
With his name, the contest pays homage to Professor Jaime García Padrino, promoter of expressive reading in his classes and conferences and in the initiatives organized with the "Ajonjolí" group.