[ELTWeekly Volume 8, Issue 10 | June 20, 2016 | ISSN 0975-3036]
It seemed boring and often pointless, and I figured there were better activities for my limited class time. But when I decided to give dictation a chance, I found out there are lots of ways to make it fun, interactive, and purposeful for ESL students. If you are a fan of dictation or are willing to give it a chance, here are some fun ways to incorporate it into your ESL class.
4 Ways You Can Use Dictations to Help ESL Students
Reading Comprehension Dictation
For this activity, you will put students in pairs. Each person will have a copy of a reading comprehension passage at their seats. But the questions on the passage will be numbered and posted throughout the room. Student start by designating a speaker and a writer. The speaker runs to the first question, memorizes it, and returns to their partner. They then dictate the question and the writer copies it down word for word. The speaker is not allowed to see what the writer has written on their paper.