Auditory (hearing) learners tend to show many of the following characteristics;
- Likes to read to self out loud.
- Is not afraid to speak in class.
- Likes oral reports.
- Is good at explaining.
- Remembers names.
- Notices sound effects in movies.
- Enjoys music especially when relaxing
- Is good at grammar and foreign language.
- Reads slowly.
They also use words in sentences similar to ‘ that sounds right’ or ‘I hear what you are saying’
To keep an auditory learner engaged then the following are ideas to support the list above.
- Hear a presentation or explanation
- Encourage them to explain to another pupil (don’t forget some types of assessment fit into this category)
- allow them to read aloud to themselves or create a chant
- make a video of key points to listen to
- allow them to verbally summarise in their own words
- allow them to practice e.g. spellings before trying to write it.
- be aware that they may be using their own internal voice to verbalise what they are learning
- Allow them to use a speech recognition tool
But be careful how you talk to them because …
…Auditory learners have a knack for ascertaining the true meaning of someone’s words by listening to audible signals like changes in tone.