Our students love dictation activities. Apart from being fun, they can be a great way for students to learn to connect what they hear with the way words look on paper.
Using a short story you create, a portion of a listening exercise from the book, or a reading from the lesson, try one of these two dictation alternatives in your next class:
1. Student-Generated Corrections: First, have students number the lines on a piece of paper 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, etc.Then, as they listen to a sentence, they write what they hear on the first line. Next, write the sentence on the board as it was spoken. (As an option, have a student who wrote the sentence correctly on line 1 write it on the board instead of you.) Students use the 2nd line to “bring down” any corrections that they have. Repeat with a new sentence on the next line 1, etc.
2. Teacher-Generated Corrections: Have students write what they hear on a piece of paper. Then, ask a student to read back what they have written while you write it on the board. However, as you write what the student reads, make the corrections in a different colored marker. Discuss.