Choral Reading, Repeated Reading & Assisted Reading: Definition & Activities

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  • 0:01 Reading Instruction
  • 0:49 Choral Reading
  • 1:50 Repeated Reading
  • 2:55 Audio-Assisted Reading
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

Hearing what you're reading and reading can help readers build fluency and accuracy in their reading. In this lesson, we'll look at three audio reading activities for classroom use: choral reading, repeated reading, and audio-assisted reading.

Reading Instruction

Aaron is a reading teacher; he wants to help his students, but many of them struggle, especially when he asks them to read aloud. He's stumped; how can he help them? Reading instruction is important to all readers, struggling or not. Reading aloud is a key part of reading instruction because it helps students become better readers, and it allows teachers, like Aaron, to hear issues with student's reading.

For example, as a student reads aloud, Aaron can hear the type of mistake they make, like pronouncing the silent 'e' at the end of a word or rushing through and not listening to the word as they are reading. By hearing these problems, Aaron can then help the student with them.

Let's take a closer look at how Aaron can incorporate audio activities to improve reading in students.

Choral Reading

Several of Aaron's students are too shy to read aloud. They are scared that if they mess something up, Aaron or another student might laugh at them. What can Aaron do? As we've seen, the students reading aloud can help Aaron diagnose and address reading problems. But if a student is too scared to read aloud, Aaron can't use reading aloud as a tool to help. Aaron needs to increase his student's confidence in reading aloud.

Choral reading involves reading aloud at the same time as other students. It's called choral reading because, like a chorus of singers, they are all reading together, the same thing at the same time. Choral reading is a great way to boost student confidence in reading aloud. Because all students are reading aloud together, the students feel more comfortable reading aloud. After all, they are just one voice in a crowd.

Besides boosting confidence, choral reading can help support reading in students by letting them hear what they are seeing. As they read with others, they can hear any mistakes they might make and learn from them.

Repeated Reading

Okay, Aaron has been using choral reading to help some of his students gain confidence in reading aloud, and some of them have become more confident reading aloud. But they still struggle with how quickly they read.

Repeated reading is when a student reads a passage over and over and receives feedback on errors. It's particularly good for student's who are essentially accurate when they read but very slow. Since reading slowly can negatively impact student comprehension, repeated reading is a good way to increase the student speed and by extension, their comprehension.

When a student is doing a repeated reading, Aaron should have her read a passage several times out loud. As the student is reading out loud, the teacher should encourage her when she does well and gently correct her if she makes errors. In addition, if a student hesitates over a word for five seconds, the teacher should say the word aloud and have the student repeat it.

Through repeated reading, the student will become more proficient at reading quickly, smoothly, and with understanding, a reading skill known as fluency.

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