Enhancing Student’s Listening Skills

School is out but we all know that if your students don’t “use it” they will “lose it” – their reading skills – that is.  As parents, we also are familiar with those “I don’t know what to do with myself” summer blues.  Listening to audio books may just be the answer.  If you student is looking for a relaxing way to spend some time this summer, have him or her check out www.audiobooksync.com.  This website holds a multitude of books  for students and families to listen to in audio mode.  This is great for the student who needs to enhance their vocabulary, English skills or who just want to build their background knowledge of classic books to better prepare themselves for College.  During the summer months from May 5th to August 17th, SYNC will be giving away 2 audiobook downloads a week based on weekly themes.  There is also a section for teachers with additional resources on the site.  This is a great way to help students enjoy reading, learn new vocabulary and keep those reading and comprehension skills razor sharp.

2 thoughts on “Enhancing Student’s Listening Skills

  1. GarenaPlus July 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

    What is the role of metacognition in reading? In what ways can you model thinking aloud so that the thinking process becomes clearer to your students?

  2. The Weaver October 31, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Great question! Helping students become aware of their metacognitive processes during reading is very important. Having the teacher demonstrate his or her thinking aloud is vitally important for all students and especially for students who struggle with reading. An easy way for the teacher to do this is to use a short, rich passage shown on the classroom overhead screen so that all students can follow along as the teacher reads the text. The teacher models marking the text and thinking aloud as s/he reads the passage so that students can hear the thoughts of a competent reader as s/he processes text. The teacher also models wonderings, predictions or confusing points and how they are handled as they read so that students can also reflect on how a good reader processes the internal dialogue while reading a text.

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