Three Simple Ways to Use Audio in Your Classroom 

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Audio articles are a powerful classroom tool. They can be used for differentiation, fluency, listening comprehension, engagement, and so much more. Every issue of Scope comes with audio versions of several articles, along with the vocabulary words and definitions.

Here are three teacher-vetted ways to incorporate audio into your teaching:

1. To unlock a challenging text for a struggling reader or ELL student
First, have students listen to the audio article once through—either in class or at home the day before you plan to use the article. Then have them listen again, this time following along in their print magazines. Now students should be prepared to read the article independently, without the audio. 

2. To prepare students for listening passages on assessments
Pass out a close-reading and critical-thinking activity sheet (like this one) for students to preview, so they will know in advance what they will be discussing and can be “strategic” listeners. Then play the audio recording and work through the questions together. Repeat the same process with another Scope text, but this time, have students listen to the audio independently and complete one close-reading question and one critical-thinking question on their own. 

3. To model speaking 
The ability to speak well is an important skill—not just for class presentations but also in life. Use our audio recordings to model speaking articulately and with a sense of rhythm and style. Encourage students to infuse their own presentations with this sense.

 

Explore all of our audio articles at Scope Online.

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