The listen-read-discuss strategy helps students comprehend text. Before reading, students listen to a short lecture delivered by the teacher. The students then read a text selection about the topic. After reading, there is a large group discussion or students engage in small group discussions about the topic. During the discussion, students compare and contrast the information from the lecture with the information they read.
|When to use:||Before reading||During reading||After reading|
|How to use:||Individually||With small groups||Whole class setting|
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Why use listen-read-discuss?
- It helps students comprehend material presented orally.
- It builds students' prior knowledge before they read a text.
- It engages struggling readers in classroom discussions.
- This simple, flexible strategy can be used across all curriculum areas with almost any text.
How to use listen-read-discuss
- Listen: Present information to students about the book they will be reading. This can be in the form of a short lecture on the topic, using a graphic organizer to guide the lecture.
- Read: Ask students to read a text selection. The content should be similar to the material presented during the "listen" portion of the lesson.
- Discuss: Lead a classroom discussion of the material. Encourage students to reflect on any differences between their reading of the content and your presentation.
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for second language learners, students of varying reading skill, and younger learners
- Include a graphic organizer of the information you discuss.
- Choose specific text you feel your students lack prior knowledge about and need more support with as your LRD text.
See the research that supports this strategy
Manzo, Anthony V., & Casale, Ula P. (1985). Listen-Read-Discuss: A content reading heuristic. Journal of Reading, 28, 372-734.