Simple Dictation in the ESL classroom
Many ESL teachers forget that a simple dictation exercise done daily or at least once a week, can quickly increase listening, writing,and vocabulary skills for students.
- First, the teacher needs to prepare the sentences to say. If you have a young, low level class, just prepare 5. If you have older students at higher levels, you may want to prepare 8-10.
- Choose the vocabulary and grammar that you have learned or are currently learning in the classroom. This will reinforce your teaching.
- All students should have their notebooks out with a pencil ready to go.
- The teacher reads the first sentence slowly and clearly. Tell the students you will repeat the sentence only 4 more times. (For younger students, repeat the sentence as many times as you like until everyone has written one down.)
- After you have read all the sentences to the students, write each one clearly on the whiteboard.
- Have your students try to correct themselves. After they have finished, the teacher should check each on to make sure they are correct
- OPTION: older students can work in pairs to correct each others work.
Remember, dictation is easy and quick. It's very effective so try and find the time to do it.