ERIC Number: EJ720640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Improving Reading Skills through Audiobooks
Chen, Shu-Hsien L.
School Library Media Activities Monthly, v21 n1 p22-25 Sep 2004
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, audiobooks began to gain a place in libraries and became part of library collections and services. The growing interest in including them in school and public libraries was concurrent with widespread use of audiocassettes at home and in business. Children and adults enjoy listening to audiobooks as much as listening to a story told by a live person. Educators and librarians welcome the audiobook to mainstream library materials for its potential education and entertainment value. The ultimate goal of using audiobooks with school children is to improve their reading skills and increase their reading interests, and some believe that reading difficulties resulting from lack of reading strategies can be overcome to some extent by using audiobooks. This article focuses on the benefits of audiobooks and the strategies of their use in schools.
Descriptors: Library Materials, Public Libraries, Reading Skills, Library Services, Audiovisual Aids, Reading Interests, Reading Motivation, School Libraries, Nonprint Media
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