We have a great post for you today from the wonderful people at Listening Library about using audiobooks in education. We know we have a lot of librarians and teachers who frequent PTB so we wanted to provide some fun educational information as part of our JIAM posts.
If you’ve used audiobooks in your classroom, leave us a comment, let us know some of your successes, we’d love to hear about them!
As infants, we learn to listen to a language before we can speak or read it. Many children are first exposed to books when they listen to a story read aloud by a parent or teacher. However, as children progress in school, more emphasis is placed on reading books and less on listening. Some teachers believe that using audiobooks encourages scholastic laziness or that it somehow constitutes “cheating.” On the contrary, studies have shown that audiobooks can be extremely beneficial for students in several ways.
1. Listening comprehension improves reading comprehension – When young readers follow along with a printed version of the text while listening to a story, they are able to match oral language to written words. Audiobooks also provide a model for fluent reading and phrasing. Some children tend to focus on reading each word individually and have difficulty understanding the meaning of an entire phrase. A study of 166 Baltimore students, found that audiobooks improved the reading comprehension of 76% of the group.
2. Builds vocabulary and pronunciation – Most commercial TV shows use an average of 5,000 words— the same number the average child knows when they begin school. Audiobooks introduce children to new words and new uses for words they already know. Hearing the words used in context leads to a better understanding of words while improving pronunciation.
3. Provides a level playing field for struggling readers – Audiobooks allow students who may struggle with word recognition and decoding skills to experience books in a new form. By using audiobooks, these students can participate equally in discussions and keep up with the rest of the class.
4. Encourages a love of reading in disinterested students – Many audiobooks use sound effects, music, and multiple narrators to make the experience more engaging for listeners. Children who were previously disinterested in books are often captivated by the way a book comes alive when it is read aloud.
5. Keeps children engaged with reading as they grow up – Research shows that after age 8, the number of children who regularly read drops significantly due to time constraints. Audiobooks are a great way to listen to books on the go, during long car rides and free-time. Many assigned reading books are also available as audiobooks, a welcome alternative to students who are tired of reading.
Listening Library offers cutting edge YA and popular bestsellers, as well as classroom-friendly classics and important non-fiction listens. Enter to win a trio of top-notch audiobooks to encourage your YA students, patrons, or kids to discover their love of listening—and learning! Five lucky winners will receive the new recording of the beloved sci-fi classic THE TIME MACHINE, the YALSA Award-winning THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD, plus, blockbuster bestseller THE BOOK THIEF…a prize pack that’s perfect to entertain YA listeners’ ears all summer long.
Plus, head over to Books on Tape’s FREE materials page to request audio goodies including our new poster for THE TIME MACHINE, featuring exclusive audio art by Noelle Stevenson!
Thanks to Listening Library we have 5 audiobook packs to giveaway. Each pack will include the same 3 YA audiobooks, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin & The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.