Using Zoom Chat For Reading Activities

Challenge – It can be challenging to do reading activities online as often learners do not have an access to a printer or computer, meaning they will be viewing the reading materials on a mobile phone. Moreover, if you want learners to do group reading activities in breakout rooms, they will not be able to view the teachers screen via share screen. The way we overcame this challenge was by sharing reading materials with learners via Zoom chat.

Tools Used – Zoom Breakout Rooms, Windows Snipping Tool

Activity Outline

In this example learners were asked to do a collaborative reading activity . Each group of three was placed in a zoom breakout room to answer comprehension questions from an IELTS reading text.


Before the Lesson:

1 – If you want to use Zoom chat to share reading materials, make sure to type out any reading material you want to share into a Word Document.

2 – Make sure you have access to this word document during the lesson so you can copy reading text from your word document into Zoom Chat.

3 – Importantly, make sure your learners know how to locate and use the Zoom Chat function.


1 – Tell your learners that you will now share the reading material needed for the reading activity.

2 – Copy and paste the reading material into the Zoom chat and send to the whole group.


There is a maximum limit to what can be pasted into the Zoom chat each time. If your text is too big you will have to copy and paste each section individually. Make sure you check this before the lesson.

3 – If you are sending learners into break out rooms , you will need to join each individual breakout room and copy the reading material into the Zoom Chat.

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