5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Thursday, September 20, 2018

5 Ways Audiobooks Make Good Readers Better

By the time we're in our teens, we're expected to be able to read not only books but also complex directions, ingredient labels, news accounts, and more both fluently and with a good grasp of the content as well as how that content might be meaningful. Reading is a part of every high school course, including mathematics, art, and vocational track programs. Teens who read with facility, however, may have fallen into the habit of speed reading or skimming, neglecting nuances that are, in fact, important to comprehension of the text in full. Listening to audiobooks--at the speed each was intended to be played--can help good readers become better critical thinkers, empathizers, and engaged citizens. Here's why and how:
  1. Well performed and well produced audiobooks lead listeners through the text at a pace that suits the material. There's no rushing past some passages or bypassing words that the silent reader doesn't recognize.
  2. Listening to audiobooks creates opportunities to practice sustaining attention. Instead of rushing to finish, they put the listening reader into the flow of the book, moment by moment, building stamina in her or him or them to keep afloat with the content.
  3. Individuals' tastes and preferences in visual reading and listening reading often diverge. Audiobooks then provide good visual readers with the experience of discovering new genres, authors, and other appeal factor-based reading details they may not have pursued heretofore.
  4. Experiencing extended listening and discovering it to reveal meaning encourages listening readers to carry improved listening skills into other parts of their lives. This can improve both their social talent and their capacity to engage maturely in civic affairs from school meetings to preparing to vote thoughtfully.
  5. Learning a new skill--here, listening--at which a teen doesn't already feel accomplished can be a new experience itself for great visual readers. And it's an important reality to experience--how to learn something that isn't easy straight away--as one heads out into the larger world.

Audiobooks can fit many different audiences. Remember to include them with your work with advanced visual readers, too.

 

Category : Literacy



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