General Forms of Retelling There are many variations of the retelling procedure as Brown and Cambourne’s (1987) Oral-to-Oral Reading Student listens to teacher tell or read aloud and then retells it orally. Can be used with non-reader or non-writers. Provides insights into learner’s listening skills and/or degree of control over oral forms of language.
Oral-to-Written Retelling Student listens to teacher tell or read aloud a text and then retells it in writing. Can be used with both immature and mature readers/writers. Can also be used to gain insights into learner’s listening skills and/or degrees of control over the written forms of language.
Oral-to-Drawing Retelling Variation of oral-to-written retelling. Student listens to teacher tell or read aloud a text and then retells it by drawing. Can be used with non-readers or non-writers. If students are allowed to talk about their drawings, one can gain insight into their listening comprehension and control of oral language.
Written-to-Oral Retelling Students read a text and then retell it orally. Can be used with readers who have a difficulty with, or fear of, writing (e.g. non-English speaking learners, and at-risk learners). Useful gaining insight into reading comprehension and degrees of control over the oral forms of language.