Literacy 7-12

Systems Change


Audiobooks allow students to hear fluent reading and experience books above their reading skills. Struggling readers may benefit from audiobooks, as they are able to focus on their reading comprehension rather than decoding the text.

Use It in the Classroom

See how this teacher uses audiobooks in multiple ways to encourage better comprehension. By incorporating audiobooks with other learning tools, such graphic organizers and drawing, learners explore different ways of understanding the text. By discussing the differences in comprehension between listening and reading it on their own, learners also understand the benefits of using audiobooks as a strategy.

  • To support increased comprehension, teachers can provide listening challenges or guiding questions to focus Attention when listening. These tasks can then be shared in differentiated small groups, and students can also create their own mini-audiobooks to share their writing and thinking with others.
  • 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 1:41, watch how Learning Ally includes features that encourage learners to engage with their audiobooks in several ways. Features like highlighting the text being read, controlling the speed of reading, and re-listening to the last 30 seconds support Attention and agency for learning.

  • There are many apps available with large digital libraries for older readers. By allowing learners to listen and visually track texts, readers can develop their Vocabulary and Syntax skills. Developers can include prompts for students to respond to while listening to a text that can be shared with their peers and teachers.
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