Background and Rationale
“Experts agree that reading aloud is the single most important activity for developing proficientreading skills. Reading aloud to young and older readers alike introduces new vocabulary andconcepts, provides demonstrations of proficient reading, and allows young children access to storiesthat they are unable to read on their own or that they might not choose for themselves. Researchhas also shown that reading aloud with children provides the foundation for their development asreaders.
Some children, for whatever reason, have missed out on the benefits and motivationprovided by being read to. As a result their strategies to become independent readers arelimited. Equally important these students also lack the motivation to want to read. Wewanted to investigate what tools could be effective in enhancing reading attitudes andability in students identified as finding reading challenging.The aim of this action research was to investigate whether reading could be enhancedthrough the use of audio books, DVDs and CDs. We surveyed students on the maincomponents of a typical reading programme. Students were asked to rate thesecomponents as to their impact on their enjoyment of reading and on their perception of theimprovement these made to their reading skills.Although explicit and targeted teaching of reading skills must remain the cornerstone ofany classroom reading programme, intuition and experience have led us to believe thatprogrammes that include the use of audio supports improve students’ reading proficiencyand motivation. With this action research we were seeking feedback to confirm our beliefin the importance of including these technologies in a well balanced reading programme.
Audio Books and Literacy
– An Educators Guide to Utilising Audio books in the Classroom byDr Frank Serafini 2004