I’m going to try a dictogloss this afternoon with my PET class. I don’t think I’ve done a dictogloss before, so I’m quite excited, though a little apprehensive as well. I’m excited because it’s a new way to introduce the texts which are in Part 1 of the Reading Paper – rather than just handing them the texts, I’ll dictogloss the first one. I’m apprehensive because I can envisage some interruptions and requests for me to repeat words and sentences and the Brit in me hates ignoring such things, even if I have explained before the activity starts that I won’t repeat anything. Well, let’s see how it goes and if the students enjoy it 🙂
For those of you that don’t know how a dictogloss works, here’s what it involves:
- Read a short text at normal speed and ask students to write down as much as they can, which will normally be the key words.
- Students work in pairs to try and reconstruct the text
- Read the text again so students can try and fill in any parts they’ve missed
- Show them the complete text