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Verbal Repetition


Having students verbally repeat information such as instructions ensures they have heard the information and supports remembering, particularly for those students who struggle with Attention. When teaching new information, including important Vocabulary, having students repeating and discussing the content can help them retain and store the information more efficiently. 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

Watch how this sixth grade math teacher utilizes turn-and-talks to help her students cement their learning. This video shows the full process of implementing turn-and-talks, including modeling by the teacher. At 3:43, see how various groups of students participate in these conversations and later how they are supported by their teacher.

  • Turn-and-talks are a potential way for students to engage in verbal repetition, particularly when discussing new content and literary themes. 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 building new content Vocabulary.