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The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners

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Dictogloss is primarily a listening and writing activity used with English Language Learners. It can certainly be done a number of different ways but, very simply-put, the teacher reads a short text, often one students are familiar with. Then, after the first time of just listening, the teacher reads it again and students write down notes of what they have heard. Next, the teacher reads it a third time and, again, the student writes down additional notes. The student then compares his/her notes with another student’s notes and they work together to develop an accurate reconstruction of the text — one that is not necessarily the exact wording, but that demonstrates its meaning accurately. Finally, the teacher reads it again and students judge how well they did.

Again, there are many variations on how to implement this engaging instructional strategy.

Here are few of the best resources that I’ve found on using the dictogloss strategy. They include reproducibles, research on its effectiveness, and examples of how its used in different classrooms:

The Dictogloss: Intensive listening for integrated language development from Jason Renshaw.

The Listening “Dictogloss” is a more extensive piece by Jason.

Dictogloss Procedure is by Diane Tedick.

Dictogloss is by by Willy C. Cardoso and includes a video of it in action.

Our first time with dictogloss is by David Dodgson.

Doing Dictogloss with E1s (elementary) is from Magpie Moments.

Dictations Are Fun! is from TEFL Reflections.

10 Dictation Activites for EFL classes is from Online TEFL Training.

Drawing Dictations is by Sandy Millin.

Dictation is from TEFL.net. I’m adding it to the same list.

Homophones dictation is from The British Council.

Dictations are fun! is from TEFL Reflections.

Feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

2 Comments

  1. I often use Dictogloss in class, and I like Jason Renshaws strategy the best.

  2. Hi!!! we are from Colombia and English learners. Now we are conducting our thesis on dictogloss focused on listening. It is a relief found those pages where we can find many resources about dictogloss. Sometimes we feel a bit frustrated because nobody at the unversity haven’t heard about dictogloss, but we found it so excited and important!… we would like to know your experience using it through listening! best regards from colombia

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