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Some thoughts and practical ideas on using dictation in the English language classroom. For a free, voiced over video presentation of this, go to www.elt-training.com

Some thoughts and practical ideas on using dictation in the English language classroom. For a free, voiced over video presentation of this, go to www.elt-training.com

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  • Using Dictation For a free voiced over video presentation of this, visit www.elt-training.com Jo Gakonga
  • Why use dictation? NO
  • Writing Spelling Listening View slide
  • Top Tips View slide
  • Make it interesting
  • I am a fruit. I’m orange but I’m not an orange. I have seeds but I’m not an apple. I’m bigger than a pineapple. You have to cook me before you eat me. What am I?
  • Keep it short!
  • Don’t Oh! Verrr Sea Nun Ate
  • Don’t over enunciate
  • How to dictate?
  • Types of dictation Teacher to learner Independent Learner to learner Collaborative
  • Teacher dictation
  • Easy to do Takes little preparation eg. use instructions or warmers from your course book... When you left school, did you study, get a job or do something else. Why? Do you think it was the best thing to do?
  • OR: Introduction to reading text Title spelling dictation T-H-E-F-A-M-I-L-Y-T-H-A-T-P-L-A-Y-S
  • Useful for: Practice in listening for spelling AEIOU J-G Y Q X Z
  • From: New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate Pearson/Longman
  • From: New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate Pearson/Longman
  • Useful for: Intensive listening practice Raising awareness of connected speech Adding variety
  • Dictogloss Collaborative dictation http://www2.klett.de/sixcms/media.php/10/A 08105-53990004_EU_Dictogloss_EB.pdf
  • An Inuit guide The Arctic Circle A polar bear I looked to see what it was, I kept as still as I could stick your head out sure enough
  • Read it once at normal speed– learners just listen Read again at normal speed, pausing after each sentence – learners make notes NOTE: Learners DO NOT write down the whole sentence
  • In pairs or groups, learners reconstruct the passage NOTE – this does not have to be the same as the original as long as the meaning is conveyed correctly and accurately.
  • Learners compare their version with original. Attention can be drawn to the differences.
  • I was in the Arctic with an Inuit guide, a long way above the Arctic Circle, where I was taking photographs of seals underwater. After a few days the weather turned bad and we decided to spend the night on the ice. Early the next morning I was lying in the tent, just waking up, when I felt something moving against my feet. I looked to see what it was, and I could see the shape of a young polar bear which was playing with my feet through the wall of the tent. I kept as still as I could, and very quietly woke the guide and told him what was happening. He said, ‘Don’t worry, just stick your head out of the tent and it will go away.’ So I said. ‘Well, you stick your head out of the tent.’ And that’s exactly what he did – he stuck his head out of the tent, and sure enough the polar bear went away.
  • Useful for: Vocabulary New vocabulary, Revising vocabulary Collocations, ‘chunks’ and common expressions Grammar Raising awareness, Revision As a context for presentation Discourse analysis and cohesive devices
  • Learner dictation
  • Gives a real reason to make language intelligible – But…
  • Alternate/ info gap dictation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The place where I live is a small village called Wythall. There’s not much to do there, really, and when I was a teenager I thought it was boring. Now that I’m older, though and I’ve got a family, I think there’s something nice about the quietness of it. There’s quite a lot of traffic, because there’s little or no public transport, but it’s a rural area, so there’s not much pollution. There are a couple of take away shops, and one or two restaurants around, but mostly if people want to go out and do something, they go to Solihull or Birmingham. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The place where I live is a small village called Wythall. There’s not much to do there, really, and when I was a teenager I thought it was boring. Now that I’m older, though and I’ve got a family, I think there’s something nice about the quietness of it. There’s quite a lot of traffic, because there’s little or no public transport, but it’s a rural area, so there’s not much pollution. There are a couple of take away shops, and one or two restaurants around, but mostly if people want to go out and do something, they go to Solihull or Birmingham.
  • The place where I live is a small village called Wythall. There’s not much to do there, really, and when I was a teenager I thought it was boring. Now that I’m older, though and I’ve got a family, I think there’s something nice about the quietness of it. There’s quite a lot of traffic, because there’s little or no public transport, but . it’s a rural area, so there’s not much pollution. There are a couple of take away shops, and one or two restaurants around, but mostly if people want to go out and do something, they go to Solihull or Birmingham. Running dictation
  • called Alice and she Once upon a time there was a girl lived with her father in
  • called Alice and she Once upon a time there was a girl lived with her father in
  • Useful for: Pronunciation practice Listening practice Increasing energy level in class
  • Thank you! Jo Gakonga