Listening and Literacy: Audiobooks in the Reading Program.

(Reading Horizons) An ‘oldie but goodie’ article from professors Renee Michelet Casbergue and Karen Harris (University of New Orleans) in response to the ‘new availability’ of a broad range of literature in audio book form in 1996 (i.e. CDs). The authors assert being read to is unquestionably the best preparation for reading independently.  Furthermore the benefits of being read to are not restricted to primary school years, and extend well into middle school. Hearing stories read aloud helps children recognize the underlying construction of written language, which can be markedly different from oral usage. Formulations such as “… said the cat,” or “… the mom answered,” rarely heard in normal conversations, are ubiquitous in stories. Understanding these structures is critical to comprehension.  Finally, while audio books are great for struggling readers and English language learners, they are equally important for gifted readers.  Children who read well can experience an expansion of their literary horizons to include more sophisticated narratives and complicated text, told with appropriate dialects and cadence.  Read More

Publication:      Reading Horizons (Vol 7, Issue 1)
Author:             Michelet Renee Casbergue and Karen Harris
Publish Date:   1996