Two-thirds of global population prefer oral learning

By November 3, 2022

International (MNN) — In the U.S., many people think of reading as the best way to learn. But roughly two-thirds of the world’s population prefers learning another way.

Ed Weaver with Spoken Worldwide says, “I’ll give you an example. A friend of mine does ministry with Youth for Christ in Lebanon. He said highly educated teens just would not respond when he would say, ‘Please read this passage of Scripture, and let’s discuss it.’ They would never do the assignment. So he started listening to audio scripture.”

He asked the teens to do the same thing, and they learned much more using this method.


Even in the West, Weaver says this is a trend in technology. “When you think about Siri, Google Voice, and other voice activation on computers or cell phones, you’re not having to type as much.”

“As those become more prevalent, I think you’ll start seeing, via technology, a greater access to information as a whole.”

Spoken Worldwide provides orality-based ways for people to hear the story of Jesus. Their mission continues to benefit from new technology. Weaver says, “The orality ministries have a greater reach because of the greater possibilities for distribution. I think it’s an exciting time to be involved in orality ministry.”

Donate or learn more about Spoken Worldwide here.

And pray ministry leaders worldwide will understand the need for orality learning. Weaver says, “Look beyond your own boundaries and see what God can do.”



Header photo courtesy of Spoken Worldwide. 

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