Audiobooks and podcasts can help struggling readers build vocabulary and participate in class discussions, while instilling a love of stories.
Teachers, parents, and librarians have found that children benefit from hearing complex words and sentences not typically present in ordinary conversation. Advances in digital technology also allow teachers to bring audiobooks into the classroom more conveniently and give students easier access to audiobooks.
While books require readers to decode every word, stories told aloud free up the listener to connect with the story and the storyteller. (KQED News)