Some people like to listen to audiobooks. Today, let me share my enthusiasm with teachers, parents, students, family members, and anyone else who will listen. Many excited right along with me in their merit.
I think the answer to that question must come from one’s own definition of reading. If reading is to understand the content of the story or topic, then certainly successful audiobook. No one can argue about the importance of teaching children to decode read. But, understanding the message, think seriously about the content, use of the imagination, and making connections is the heart of what it means to be a reader and why children learn love books.
However, at other times, my enthusiasm was met with comments like, “That does not really read, right?” or “I will not let my students listen to audiobooks because that is a lie.” Listening to books is definitely different from reading a book, but it is cheating? Having listened to audiobooks count as reading?
Audiobooks have traditionally been used in schools by teachers who learn two languages, not students or -impaired learned, and struggling readers or nonreaders. In many cases, audiobooks have proven successful in providing a way for these students to access documents and books to enjoy. But they have not been widely used for the average reader, avid, or talent. Varley (2002) wrote: “Not sure whether audiobook belongs respectable world of books or suspicious world of entertainment, elementary school teacher and high school have usually chosen a fishy eye on them, and more who chose to avoid safety course. ”
It might be appropriate, then, to list the benefits of audiobooks for all students. Audiobooks can be used to:
Introducing students to read books on their level
Good reading interpretive models
Teaching critical listening
Highlight the humor in the book
Introduction of new genres that students may not otherwise consider
Introduction difficult vocabulary or the name or location of the new niche
Avoiding unfamiliar dialects or accents, English, literature and classic styles
Provide a model reading aloud
Provide an important bridge topic of discussion for parents and children together can listen while commuting to sports events, music lessons, or the holiday
Get the “nature and the pleasures of the beautiful story told by storyteller auditory extremely talented” (Baskin & Harris, 1995, p. 376)
Swallowing Pigza Joey Key is read by author Jack Gantos and also includes commentary on why he wrote the book. This information can provide students with a connection to the authors as well as insight into the thoughts of the author and the text process.Additionally, many audiobooks are read by authors or include all comments by the author. The land records Fighing by Avi, for example, includes an interview with the author, in which he explains how he came up with the idea for the book. Even with all the benefits of audiobooks, however, they are not for all students. For some, the speed may be too fast or too slow. For others, the voice of the narrator can irritate or use the cassette or CD players can be cumbersome when compared to the flexibility of the book. But most of the students will find listening also narrated, literature is an experienced quality changes. Varley (2002) states, “If there’s one thing that happened to me on how people describe audiobook listening, it was reported the intensity of their absorption and emotional grasp of the experience.” They go right into your soul, “said one listener.”
Another reason audiobook does not find its way into the classroom is available. Public libraries often have a good number of audiobooks, but most school libraries have a limited amount – audiobooks is expensive. The cost of the cassette or CD players, headphones, and batteries must also be considered, and although these costs have dropped dramatically over the past few years, the schools often do not budget for such procurement .
If money is available to buy audiobooks, it is important for librarians and teachers to do their homework before buying. Unabridged audiobook readers tend to be the best, although some tragedy (as Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials by, read by the author with a cast of over 40 actors British) can be great. There are many sources available online reviews audiobooks, such as http://hemix-editions.com/. Also available online is free audiobook titles older children as the book in Wired for Books Beatrix Potter and the Wizard of Oz story in the Free Audiobooks.
Audiobooks can be a welcome addition to all the classes. Many students are avid readers, while others are struggling to become readers and many others have given up hope. Audiobooks have something to offer for all of them.