Video Courses

Meaningful Read Alouds for Vocabulary and Oral Language Comprehension

IACET Accredited
0.20 CEUs 2 Training Hours

It’s not just what you read, but how you read with students that counts! Learn how you can make your read alouds even more effective learning opportunities.

100% Free
Time to complete
2 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Principals and Vice Principals
  • Nonprofit staff and Volunteers
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Describe the relationship between reading aloud to students and listening comprehension, vocabulary, and language skills
  • Model ability to read aloud to students to enhance critical thinking, personal reflection, empathy and imagination
  • Develop a plan for read-alouds using the K3 START Read framework and lesson planning sheet
  • Apply engaging activities that are related to your read-alouds throughout the day
Why It Matters
  • Meaningful read-alouds provide opportunities for students to use their schema
  • Meaningful read-alouds increase Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary
  • Meaningful read-alouds increase listening comprehension
  • Meaningful read-alouds provide opportunities for students to improve oral and expressive language skills

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    RA Lesson 1: An Introduction to Read-Alouds

     Duration 28  minutes
    In this lesson, you will discover why reading aloud to your students is important and learn more of the specific skills this method helps enhance in children. You will also get tips on how to choose the right books for read-alouds.
  2. Lesson 2

    RA Lesson 2: Building Blocks of the Brain and Read-Alouds

     Duration 24  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn how reading aloud to your students can enhance critical thinking, personal reflection, empathy, and imagination.
  3. Lesson 3

    RA Lesson 3: The K-3 START Read in Action

     Duration 38  minutes
    In this lesson, you will be introduced to the K-3 START Read strategy for reading aloud to students. You will learn how to use this strategy to plan for a read-aloud.
  4. Lesson 4

    RA Lesson 4: Beyond the Read-Aloud

     Duration 26  minutes
    In this lesson, you will discover ways that to incorporate engaging activities that are related to your read-alouds in order to further enhance language and listening comprehension.
  5. Lesson 5

    RA Lesson 5: End of Course Assessment

     Duration 20  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Yvette Manns
Rollins Center K-3rd Grade Facilitator
Yvette is a K-3 Facilitator for the Rollins Center. She is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "The Cox Campus will give you practical tools to dramatically benefit the children in your classrooms, giving them the power to be successful in elementary school and well beyond."
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."
  • "I have experienced more meaningful conversations with my students and have seen them flourish in literacy due to the incorporation of strategies I’ve learned."
    Pre-K Teacher


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

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