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

  1. Read the whole text aloud, modelling fluent and expressive reading.
  2. Return to the beginning and read one sentence (or phrase) aloud while students follow along by pointing at the words with their finger.
  3. Have the students read the same sentence immediately after you finish.
  4. Praise their effort.
  5. 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

An echo reading activity from the InitiaLit program