Thursday, February 16, 2017

Audiobooks and Their Positive Impact

Audiobooks facilitate text comprehension. Not all the children are good at letters decoding, and listening to phonemes that constitute words is a wonderful way out. Although, a teacher should keep an eye on students who should focus on the text meaning while hearing, not just decoding. Below are some other obvious advantages of the audiobooks implementation.

Listening Skills

Audiobooks are wondrous resources for listening skills development. They help to concentrate easily and decode phonemes. Thus, a new ability to listen attentively to a speaker, a sender of message, appears, and a student becomes an effective recipient. Audiobooks are an integral part of foreign languages learning. It helps to get an insight on peculiarities of foreign language words and their interconnection in sentences. With audiobooks students may get more information on a subject they are interested in, and improve their knowledge level.

Independent Activity

Audiobooks are resources that everybody may use independently. This motivates more, as there is no need to wait for a tutor to have practical lessons. Depending on individual schedule every student has, it becomes possible to access audiobooks without any limits as for place and time. Moreover, multitasking presupposes various activities implementation, so listening to audiobooks may be one of them.

Engrossing Activity for All

Listening to audiobook in the classroom involves all the students, and comparing to reading activity, listening to audiobooks is not that boring. When reading aloud, students are not really attentive, all that they do is follow the reader waiting for their turn. Listening to an audiobook presupposes individual proper understanding, and tasks completion. While-listening activities may bring diversity and check comprehension.

Children with Disabilities

Audiobooks help children with disabilities. Students with dyslexia have a bad attitude to reading, as they experience difficulties with decoding letters. Listening comprehension in much better for them then reading, that evokes only anxiety and rejection. While listening, dyslexic students improve their decoding abilities, so in future reading would not provoke so many difficulties as it was before.

Fun Learning

Learning with audiobooks is possible while travelling, and it is a fun activity as many audiobooks have music on the background. A narrator preserves all emotional expressions, and the way he/she delivers text is so fascinating that a listener may have a feeling of interaction with a narrator. Also, if a student listens to audiobooks with a friend, they may act various scenes together.


Audiobooks are great helpers in attentive listening skills development and fast comprehension. That is a fun, and evolving activity for a group of students, and individual practice. Also, children with disabilities will have a much easier perception of the phonemes than letters. 

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