In echo reading, students read shorter sections of text after having it modelled by a teacher, other adult or peer. It provides students with a strong scaffold for reading aloud, allowing for quick positive and corrective feedback.
How to do echo reading
- Read the whole text aloud, modelling fluent and expressive reading.
- Return to the beginning and read one sentence (or phrase) aloud while students follow along by pointing at the words with their finger.
- Have the students read the same sentence immediately after you finish.
- Praise their effort.
- Take turns to read each sentence, for about a 10 minute session.
An example of echo reading with a class
An example of echo reading with a small group