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dictation is a type of dictation in which your students are responsible for it
from the start. They
should work in pairs and it goes like this: You should come up with a story
that you will write on a piece of paper and hang it onto the wall in your
classroom. You can use multiple sheets of paper so that your students don’t
collide during the activity. One person from the pair has to "run" to the paper
and read and remember as much as possible and come back to their partner as
fast as possible and dictate what they have read, while that person writes down
the story. In the middle of the “game” you should tell them to swap the roles,
so that it gets more interesting and that they both try out both roles.
Organising a running dictation
- Choose a
short text at the right level for your group or class.
several examples of the text depending on the size of your class. Pin the
examples up on the walls of the room where you are working. The challenge
for each group is for them to
reproduce a written form of the text you choose.
- Explain that
each group or pair must choose one person to write down a text.
- Depending on
the size of your groups, explain that the other members of the group will
leave take turns to go and read the text you have pinned up on the wall.
It is very important that only one person from each group is reading and
memorising at any one time.
- That person
memorises as much as s/he can and then returns to the group to dictate
what they have remembered to the other members of the group. The student
chosen to do the writing must write down what it is said as accurately as possible.
When the person reading and running has come to the end of what they have
remembered, the next person in the group sets off.
- Continue like
this until the group has written down the whole version of the text.
- The group
that finishes first is the winner!
the written text
The winning group has 100 points. Second
place - 90 points, third place - 80 points and so on. Groups swap versions and
are given your correct version of the text, which they use to mark another
group’s version. For each error that a group has made, a point is subtracted
from their total, so if one group had won, but made 10 mistakes, they would
have ninety points. The group that has the most points after the running and
the marking is the overall winner.
can ask each group at a time to come and write a sentence on the board to check
the accuracy of their version. This way of checking is quite interesting as you
get a lot of questions about spelling and grammar. Because people are writing
as a group, they are not being put on the spot individually and are mostly
quite willing to share their version.
- You can
dictate a text rather than letting students read. Students run to you and
you read a sentence of your text out loud – i.e. they listen and remember,
they don’t read.
- You can use
pictures. Students run, look, then describe what they see.
- With more
advanced classes you can use notes as the text. Ask the students to make
full sentences from the notes, and then you have all sorts of versions to
One final task
Once the groups have
finished, take their texts away and get them to work together to rewrite the
text from memory to see how much they can remember. This is a very good way of
getting them to stretch their memories a little.
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it's a wonderful game
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thx a lot
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Great i wish i could use it with m'y students
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