Interactive Dictation in the Foreign Language Classroom-Improves Writing and Spelling

Interactive Dictation in the Foreign (World) Language Classroom (French, Spanish) www.wlteacher.wordpress.comStudents can progress in their foreign language writing skills, spelling and identification of sound-letter (or letter combination) correspondence by doing dictations.  The traditional use of dictation in the language class did not provide much opportunity for student engagement or interaction.  Below is a dictation process that I have created to make the process of doing dictation in the foreign language classroom that is more engaging and interactive for students.  The 5 steps can be done in one class or spread out over two or three days.  The topic should include vocabulary and verb forms that are familiar to students.

Step 1:

  • The teacher reads the entire dictation at a fluent speed.
  • The teacher then reads each sentence slowly, word by word, so that students can write the sentences.
  • The teacher finishes the dictation by reading the entire dictation a last time at a fluent speed.

Step 2:

  • Students copy the dictation from a handout, the board or a projected screen without referring back to the dictation that they wrote in the first step.
  • Students should be expected to write the dictation perfectly as they are copying it.

Step 3:

  • Students read through the dictation that they wrote in step 1 and correct any mistakes they made, using the dictation text that they copied as a reference.

Step 4:

  • Students pair up and take turns reading the dictation (that they copied in step 2) to each other and writing it out.
  • Students then trade and correct each other’s work using the dictation text that they copied in step 2.

Step 5:

  • The teacher repeats step 1.
  • The teacher then grades the final written dictation.
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One response to “Interactive Dictation in the Foreign Language Classroom-Improves Writing and Spelling

  1. I am doing dictations with the students this quarter. The only step I don’t do is to have them copy the dictation (I like this). I have found a great source podcastfrançaisfacile.com which has great recordings to use in dictation. I wonder how many other French teachers are using this.

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