Thursday, August 13, 2015

Audio Books for Language Development!

I enjoy listening to books and podcasts daily -- when I'm walking, on the elliptical, cooking, or sometimes just relaxing or getting ready to sleep.  We all know the need for oral language development of English learners -- it seems there is a valuable place for audio, especially as an accompaniment to reading.  There is lots of evidence for its effectiveness, in developing reading though not so much specifically about language learners. Below: some of the evidence; ideas for using audiobooks; sites for free audio for the classroom.

Research on benefits of audiobooks:

benefits of audiobooks:

Ideas for using audiobooks with at-risk readers:

A site with 650 free audiobooks -- many of them classics:

Fascinating free first-person brief stories for listening:

More free audiobooks, novellas, short stories, songs...