Using Audio-Assisted Reading In A Balanced Literacy Program

While these are not free audiobooks, I am of the opinion that it can be of great interest for many who are looking for alternative ways to educate, entertain, etc., those that require audio-assisted reading.

AudioBooks And Struggling Readers

audiobook benefitsEducators and parents know that when it comes to promoting literacy, the more kids read, the better they get at it; and as they gain proficiency as readers, the more they enjoy reading. But, what if children can’t read what is of interest to them? Assisted reading, the practice of listening to a fluent model while following along with the text, is designed to provide a bridge to the wonderful world of print. It enables readers to use multiple avenues of sensory input to process information.

Researchers have cited improvements in reading due to the self-confidence gained by increased fluency and comprehension and the enjoyment of reading high-interest material. This book summarizes the history of assisted reading from its genesis decades ago to recent innovations with modern technology.

Audiobooks and Struggling Readers also presents findings from a study on the effects of audio-assisted reading with digital audiobooks for students with reading disabilities. Theoretical underpinnings are addressed and key studies are reviewed. Practical applications for the use of authentic children’s literature in the form of audiobooks are described.

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The benefit of utilizing audiobooks with students who are struggling readers

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struggling readersMany students start school unprepared to read and learn. They struggle with reading semantics and comprehension. The study examined the benefit of utilizing audiobooks to assist struggling readers. The research problem addressed in this study was the effect of audiobooks on reading comprehension. The study was guided by the research question: Is there a significant increase in reading comprehension scores for students who listen to audiobooks than for students who do not? The study began by randomly dividing 100 students in Grades 2 and 5 into 2 groups.

All students took a STAR pretest to determine their beginning reading levels. The students in Group A (control) read written books and took a comprehension test over each book. The students in Group B (experimental) audio read the same books and took the same comprehension tests as those by Group A. Following treatment, all students took a posttest to determine if reading comprehension had improved. Analysis by the factorial repeated measures ANOVA reported no significant increase in reading comprehension scores for students who listened to audiobooks compared to students who did not. The analysis showed that the Grade 2 students who listened to audiobooks made greater gains than the Grade 5 students who also listened to audiobooks.

The findings may inspire reading specialists and school administrators to advocate for professional development in helping teachers gain knowledge or develop new reading instruction techniques that help students improve their reading comprehension levels. Audiobooks can motivate students while improving their reading skills. The findings support the need for social justice and change by providing a way to meet contemporary educational challenges.

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