Auditory Learning Strategies for People Who Prefer to Begin by Listening

I Hear What You’re Saying!

Auditory_learning_1_1_1_1.pngAuditory learners are those who find it easiest to remember what they hear. They concentrate best by receiving new or difficult information by listening to themselves or someone else talking, and they replay the information in their heads. They remember the key words and phrases.


Many learners whose first preference is not auditory will nevertheless benefit from auditory reinforcement of newly introduced material. All learners are encouraged to discuss their understanding of newly acquired information and ideas.

Love to Listen? Got an Auditory Inclination?

People with strong auditory preferences are more confident and successful when they can:

  •  Learn by listening to others
  •  oral_and_aural_1.jpgReceive instructions aurally from speakers and recordings
  •  Repeat the information aloud and/or repeat it in their heads
  •  Talk about/Discuss/Record texts when mastering or reinforcing new or difficult information and ideas
  •  Question the teacher or presenter and listen to explanations
  •  Explain their ideas and understandings in person to an assessor
  •  Listen to feedback about their work                                                                   
Learners with strong auditory preferences will enjoy using or creating the following:

  •  One-to-one conferences
  •  Recorded books/Audio books
  •  Lectures and talks
  •  Podcasts
  •  CD/Computer recordings
  •  Teaching the class
  •  Mobile phones, voice recorders, ipods
  •  PowerPoint stories with audio narratives
  •  Websites with audio functions, e.g.
  •  Audio conferences
  •  Interviews
  •  Role plays
  •  Drama performances and skits
  •  Speeches: formal/rehearsed and informal/impromptu
  •  Poetry recitals
  •  Rote recitals
  •  Story-telling and re-telling
  •  Songs/Musical narratives
  •  Panel discussions
  •  Debates
  •  Mock courts
  •  Music and rhythm – different genres, different instruments
  •  Tapping beats
  •  Raps
  •  Monologues
  •  Dialogues
  •  Group games: adding to the story
  •  Oral summaries of texts or classmates’ answers
  •  Oral paraphrasing of texts or classmates’ answers
  •  Reading aloud
  •  Humming, whistling, vocalising sounds
  •  Radio programs and documentaries
  •  Puppet shows
  •  Acting as advisors and mentors to teams in group activities
  •  Peer tutoring
  •  Learning Buddies
  •  Impersonations
  •  Oral surveys
  •  Speaking and listening games
  • Oral quizzes
  • Soap box
  • Concentration games


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