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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 one of many tools that can be used to help those with difficulty in reading and there are so many different ways that teachers can use audiobooks with pupils, in and out of the classroom. In fact, our download and streaming service makes it even easier for pupils to listen and learn on-the-go.

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

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 £50 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.

Literacy hour

Use the CDs or streaming for literacy hour in the classroom, where students with SEND can listen to a story read by professional actors. 

Topic work

After finishing a class topic such as ‘volcanoes’ teachers can log on and have a book play over an interactive whiteboard. This works well as a revision technique.

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