Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to encourage teens to be regular readers, listeners, and library users. Celebrate Teen Read Week October 9-15, 2016.
This year YALSA announced a multilingual “Read for the Fun of It” theme, encouraging librarians “to highlight all of the resources and services available to the 22% of the nation’s youth who speak a language other than English at home.” Read on for fun listening suggestions, learn why audiobooks are a great resource for English Language Learners, and find more language learning tools for your library.
Build literacy by developing key skills with audiobooks:
- Motivate, keep listeners’ interest, and win over reluctant readers with gripping stories on audio (find fun listening suggestions below!)
- Develop understanding of correct pronunciation
- Provide a level playing field for a wide range of learners and abilities
- Encourage an appreciation of fluent oral reading by providing a reading role model
- Create a personal connection to the story and a sense of intimacy
- Promote higher level critical thinking, interpretation, and imagination
Learn more about how audiobooks build literacy skills these two articles: