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Verbal Repetition


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

Use It in the Classroom

  • A turn-and-talk gives students 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.

    Watch how ABC Magic Phonics uses verbal repetition of sounds to encourage the development of Phonological Awareness. By repeating each letter sound twice and a corresponding word that includes the sound, the product encourages consolidation of sound knowledge into Long-term Memory.


  • 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 Awareness and Morphological Awareness.
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