Promotions & Events Teen Read Week 2016: Listen for the Fun of It

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.

Audiobooks Open The Way to New Stories, New Interests and a New Language

“Audiobooks provide age-appropriate book content to kids who understand spoken English better than they can read it. Audiobooks also offer good listening and speaking experiences for kids who read print well but have difficulties with pronunciation. Audiobooks allow ELL/ESL learners to become cognizant of correct pronunciation and informative vocal expression.”

—Francisca Goldsmith, Librarian & Consultant

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:

Audiobooks Are Not Cheating    WhyListen_pg1updated

“Listen for the Fun of It” with these new Young Adult releases:
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Plus, Living Language offers a number of resources that can help you and your multilingual patrons:
Public libraries are among the first institutions that new Americans turn to for their English language learning, according to the American Dream foundation. You can connect with your ESL, immigrant and refugee patron communities by providing English classes, ESL discussion groups, and by offering English language programs that patrons can take home.

Learn more about using Living Language courses here:


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