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Using Dictation to Help ESL Students

Although many teachers frown upon using dictation, I think there are lots of creative way of implementing it. Dictation is an integrated skills task. Students practice listening, writing, speaking and even reading. This is a great set of resources, which can help you practice dictation with your students, in the way that will benefit them most!
A Collection By Marija Jovic
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Using Dictation to Help ESL Students
  • Using dictation

    Website
    teachingenglish.org.uk
    teachingenglish.org.uk
    Marija Jovic says:
    What is dictation? Why do it? What are the potential problems? How can we make dictation more learner-centered? This article gives brief but clear answers to all these questions. If you haven’t used dictation that much or you have doubts about it, start from this article and learn some basics of using dictation.
  • Marija Jovic says:
    This is one of my favorite items in this collection. It is very helpful since it offer a variety of audio recordings for dictations, sorted by levels and topics. There are also two different modes for each recording, the one which goes at normal speed, and the one where the speaker pauses in order to give students enough time to write down the text.
  • Marija Jovic says:
    In this article you can read about advantages of using dictation and turning the disadvantages into extremely useful activities.
  • Marija Jovic says:
    Dictating in the same way is boring to students as well as to me. That’s why I love these type of resources with several ideas for developing this useful skill.
  • Dictations

    Website
    teach-this.com
    teach-this.com
    Marija Jovic says:
    There are several types of dictation and my favorite is ’running dictation’. It is true that it causes a bit of chaos in the classroom, but I refer to it as a ’creative chaos’.
  • Marija Jovic says:
    40 free, useful and printable worksheets for practicing dictation. Choose your own depending on the level or interest of your students.
  • Marija Jovic says:
    Here’s a video which presents a multi-sensory approach to reading and spelling and demonstrates how to mark words, introduce finger spelling, etc. I like it because the instructions are clear and activities are easy to use with your students.
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