Using Listening as a Pre-Reading Activity
April 18, 2013
Purpose: to build listening and reading comprehension skills and familiarize students with a text before reading it themselves
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Materials: white board and marker for a class, paper and pencil for one to one; copies of the story
Prep: select a level-appropriate story and decide how to present any unfamiliar vocabulary
I do it (T = teacher or tutor):
- T pre-teaches key vocabulary and finds out what, if anything, students know about the topic of the story. Create context as needed.
- T reads the story out loud to the student(s).
We do it:
- T reads the story again, one sentence at a time. At the end of each sentence, students pick one key word from the sentence and T writes it on the board.
- With the list of words on the board as a prompt, the students retell the story, one sentence at a time, as a group.
You do it:
- T gives students a copy of the story and they read it two times silently.
- Without looking at the story, students retell it with partners. Students may refer to the key words on the board.
- Variation: Students rewrite the story without looking at the text, but may refer to the list of words on the board.