Echo Reading: Definition, Strategy & Examples

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Echo reading is a useful methodology to help struggling readers. We will define the term, give examples, and explore strategies that can be utilized by educators to employ echo reading and achieve successful results with students.

What is Echo Reading?

Echo reading can help a struggling student who enjoys reading but cannot keep up
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Echo reading is an innovative concept in which the educator reads a phrase or paragraph, and then the student repeats it back to the educator. Echo reading is often called rereading, but technically there are differences between the two. A teacher can instruct parents on this methodology so it can be utilized in the home. It can help a struggling student improve in several areas including:

  • Confidence
  • Comprehension
  • Identifying unknown words
  • Improving listening skills
  • Proper phrasing
  • Vocabulary

Echo reading is usually employed for students in elementary school, and on occasion for middle school students. It is rarely utilized at the high school level. It should be noted that echo reading has also been found to be a helpful technology when teaching students with learning disabilities, including speech impairments and Down Syndrome.

Ideally, the technique works best if the reading material is just above the student's current reading level. If the material is too difficult, the student will probably become frustrated. If the material is too easy, the technique may not be beneficial. Another concept that is helpful is to use a book that the student is familiar with or really likes.

Echo Reading Steps

1) First, the teacher reads a sentence to the student. Later, as the student progresses, the teacher can read two sentences or maybe even an entire paragraph. A properly trained fellow student with high-level reading skills can also perform this task when permitted.

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