ESL students have higher test scores, increased fluency, and more confidence when they use audiobooks
An article by former ESL teacher Shari Quan-Rios
It is a known fact that English is one of the hardest languages to learn, and more and more teachers are turning to audiobooks as the ESL solution. They are proven effective in increasing vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and confidence for these very special students.
Studies show that it takes approximately 7 years to become fluent in a second language. Unfortunately, today’s students are not usually given that long. Expected to move very quickly, ESL students of all levels are only eligible to have exemption from many state and local assessments for a maximum of three years. Students must not only speak the language, but also read and comprehend—on grade level—in a language that is often still foreign to them. The task of predicting meaning using inferences, and understanding similes, metaphors, synonyms, and antonyms is often daunting for native English speakers, and often proves to be overwhelming and frustrating for ESL students.
As a former ESL teacher, I know that it is absolutely essential that teachers have the best tools available to help students become fluent in the English Language. For me, those tools came in the form of audiobooks. A student in my sixth grade classroom named Elisa is the perfect example of how audiobooks can help ESL students get ahead.
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