Dictogloss - Classroom Dictation

A dictogloss is a classroom dictation activity where learners are required to construct a short text (3 sentences) by listening and taking notes, which are then used to reconstruct the text. There are many key skills used in this type of lesson; listening, note-taking, communication with other students, grammar and vocabulary development. 

Example Dictogloss – Financial Crisis 2008

Level: ***** [B1/B2]   Time: 20-30 minutes.

Vocabulary:  Academic Words (from Academic Word List (AWL) Sublist 1). Grammar: Passive structures.

Lesson Plan

  1. Activate schemata – what do you know about Financial Crisis?
  2. Try to elicit key vocabulary: Financial crisis / mortgage / variables / legislation / Fair trade / transparency / subprime mortgage

Dictogloss

  1. Read out the text 2 times at normal speed & students take notes.
  2. Then in pairs / threes try to construct the whole text [10-15 minutes].
  3. Teacher Feedback – Check to original.
  4. Noticing skills – ask students to highlight the passive grammar structures [4] & academic words [15]. Ask students to explain why the grammar has been used.

Dictation

It has been argued that the 2008 Financial Crisis was significantly derived from insufficient sub-prime mortgage banking policies. The evidence was established through an interpretation of many variables and bank procedures, which identified a lack of legislation and inability to regulate innovative banking practice. The banking sector is now being regulated by the Economic Authority of Fair Trade to provide improved money lending formulas, principles and transparency.

Author: Wilson, C (2017) Academic English UK......              

ANSWERS

Highlighted: Passive grammar structures & Academic words (AWL 1)

It has been argued that the 2008 Financial Crisis was significantly derived from insufficient sub-prime mortgage banking policies. The evidence was established through an interpretation of many variables and bank procedures, which identified a lack of legislation and the inability to regulate innovative banking practice. The banking sector is now being regulated by the Economic Authority of Fair Trade to provide improved money lending formulas, principles and transparency.

Free Dictogloss: Financial Crisis 2008 

The causes of the Financial Crisis and new regulation that has been implemented to prevent future crashes. Focus areas: Passive structures / academic Words (AWL 1) Level: ***** [B2/C1]

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Dictogloss #1: Globalisation

What is globalisation? Its effects, the main drivers & four main elements of selling in a globalised market. Key language areas: noun / adjective + preposition + -ing forms / economics terminology Level: ***** [B2/C1]  

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Dictogloss #2: The Gig Economy

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Dictogloss #3: Fair Trade

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Dictogloss #4: Corporate Social Responsibility [CSR]

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Dictogloss #5: Human Resource Management [HRM]

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Dictogloss #7: Critical Thinking

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Dictogloss #8: Climate Change

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Dictogloss #9: Food Security

A definition of food security, the main causes and strategies to male food secure. Key language areas: structure language / consequential termsLevel: ***** [B2/C1]  

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Dictogloss #10: Evolution

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Dictogloss #11: GMOs [Genetically Modified Organisms]

What are GMOs? How they are created and there main advantages. Key language areas: passive forms / GMO terminologyLevel: ***** [B2/C1]  

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Dictogloss #12: Obesity

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