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...