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How audiobooks can be used in schools

Three children looking at a laptop. One child is reading a printed book.

Audiobooks are an essential tool that can be used to help children who are finding reading challenging due to illness, disability or mental health conditions.

There are so many different ways that teachers can use audiobooks with pupils, in and out of the classroom. With a membership to Listening Books, teachers can support students to access books at school, or give them access to our audiobooks at home. 

We've included below some ideas of how you can use audiobooks in the classroom, or to encourage reading at home, but we'd love to hear your suggestions. How are you using audiobooks to support your pupils?  Let us know on Twitter

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Homework and research

Students can use a Listening Books username and password to log on to our online service and listen to numerous books on a whole range of subjects. This means they can avoid having to research their coursework by trailing through numerous text books which may be difficult for them to decipher.

As a cross curricular skill

Listening Books is a perfect combination of literacy and ICT. Pupils can learn how to navigate a website whilst listening to an audiobook of their choice. They are then able to review it and it will appear on the website for other members to see.

Boy in school uniform sitting in front of a bookshelf, listening to an audiobook through headphones.

Listening posts

Why not set up a listening post in your school library? Our internet streaming service is perfect for this use. For just £100 per year, your students can have a listening library within a library. One computer can be set up for children to check out audiobooks and sit and listen to them in the library. At the moment there are over 3000 digital audiobooks for children and young people, and this is increasing all the time.  Click here to view our current catalogue.

Literacy hour

Stream an audiobook for literacy hour in the classroom, where students with SEND can listen to a story read by professional actors. 

Topic work

After you've finished a topic, encourage students to login and listen to a similar topic book to help with revision. 

Two children wearing headphones and an adult sitting at a table in a classroom, looking at a laptop.

I have been using Listening Books for over a year now. I absolutely love it. It has transformed children in my class and their opinion on books and reading. I can't applaud your work enough.

Mr Andrew, St Gabriel's Primary SchoolMr Andrew, St Gabriel's Primary School

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