Shadow Reading is one of my favourite activities. While being called Shadow READING, this task involves listening and pronunciation skills. This means that to some extent Shadow Reading integrates receptive and productive skills, which can be quite challenging and motivating. I use it at any level and it always proves to be very effective.

So what does the procedure look like?

  1. The main idea of the first stage is for students to follow while the teacher is reading the text aloud. It would be even better if you have a recording for this text. (For example, in such courses like Enterprise or New Opportunities all the texts are recorded).
  2. Students listen to the text for the second time and mark for any difficult stresses or linking. This works especially well after some exposure to the rules of pronunciation. Individual chunks that show good examples of linking or problematic pronunciation can then be drilled.
  3. Then the students read the text aloud along with the audio/teacher and they have to read at the same speed. If it is too difficult you can first ask your students to try and read the text not aloud but just with their lips. Do it several times until they feel confident and can deal with the task easily.

You can use Shadow Reading with any text you like. I usually do this activity with the texts from the main coursebook. In this way you can help your students to practise the key vocabulary and structures from the Unit. I have noticed that after the full procedure of Shadow Reading some of the students can remember a lot of phrases or even sentences from the text by heart.



Enjoy your lessons!


Anna Krasilnik ,

the founder of LearnEnglish – the community for successful English learners and teachers.

11 июня 2015

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