Listening, talking, reconstructing

This is sometimes known as Dictogloss and is an excellent way of introducing a key idea. It typically has three stages.

First, a short text is read aloud at normal speed. It could be an entry in an encyclopaedia, a book review, a passage in a textbook, a newspaper article or editorial, an extract from a guidebook, the abstract of an article and so on. The young people listen without making notes.

Second, the same text is read aloud more slowly and this time young people make notes of key words and phrases.

Third, learners work in pairs or small groups, comparing their notes and attempting to recreate the original text as fully and accurately as possible.

All the activities in this pack can involve the use of Dictogloss.


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