Dictations are fun!

Useful ideas for fun dictation activities.

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No, I haven’t gone insane. I really think they are. On top, dictations are also powerful EFL teaching tools if used judiciously.

Yes, I know. The very sound of the word DICTATION can immediately make some go red with embarrassment. Others may shudder with trepidation.

Nervous sweat rolling down your brow. Clasping and unclasping your hands. The monotonous voice of the teacher lulling you to sleep. And all those incomprehensible French and Latin looking words you can’t and never will be able to spell: opprobrium, abstinence, acquiesce and trousseau. What are they even supposed to mean?!

You would very much like to formally plead the teacher to be mag-na-ni-mous and to spare you the suffering if only you knew how to spell the damn word…

Sounds familiar?

Now a teacher yourself, you’ve probably been trying to save your students from going through the same  trauma, long ago banning any form…

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Giving Directions in the Real World – An idea to get your students speaking outside of the classroom

I’m definitely going to use this in my next lesson on giving directions. Check it out; ).

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Asking for Directions: A lesson plan idea to get your ESL students out into the real world

Last week one of my Pre-Intermediate adult students asked if I could teach some expressions for asking for directions. Another chimed in, “Yeah, and then can we go outside and practice?” I’d been thinking about doing something like that for a while, and but that student’s idea gave me the push I needed to finally create these worksheets to help take language outside:
Asking for Directions – A real world worksheet <– (Click there to view and print it for yourself).

Here’s how I’m planning to teach this lesson:

  1. Ask students: If you got lost, what question would you ask to get directions? List their ideas on the board.
  2. Distribute handout and read through the questions and responses in the chart at the top of the page. Check that students understand and know how to use them.
  3. Write a simple sample directions dialogue with the whole class.
  4. Ask students to imagine that they are lost in your…

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Questions

Question wordsThis is something that you can use to review question forms and question words. I use it in my one-to-one sessions but it also works as a group activity. The way I do it is have the student say a number between 1 and 15. The student says “8”, for example. Then they have to ask me a question starting with “How…”. I answer the question and they ask a follow-up question. Then I say a number between 1 and 15 and so on…

Of course, it can be used in many other ways. For instance, students can write a very short story (a paragraph) that answers the first line of questions (1-3).

Let me know how this goes.: )

Happy learning!

Download the .pdf version here: Questions.