Literacy 4-6

Verbal Repetition


Having students verbally repeat information such as instructions ensures they have heard the information and supports remembering. With verbal repetition, learners can personalize, interact with, and use their own words to explain the information, activating multiple brain pathways to show understanding and help move knowledge from Short- to Long-term Memory.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how these elementary teachers use the turn-and-talk technique in different contexts to check for understanding. The video shows snippets of turn-and-talks, which allow students to verbalize their thinking, from different classrooms.

  • The turn-and-talk discussion technique is one potential way for students to engage in verbal repetition. Students have the opportunity to verbally explain to a partner what they heard and understand, promoting deeper listening and Auditory Processing. Teachers can use this time to check for understanding and clarify any points of confusion.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Starting at 1:06, watch how Imagine Learning, a language and literacy program, uses verbal repetition in its "fluent reader" feature to record students reading aloud and allows teachers to listen to their reading.

  • Developers can design tasks to encourage verbal repetition, such as learners recording themselves speaking new words, which can be especially useful for learning sounds and building Phonological Processing and Morphological Knowledge.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy