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Some of our students learning.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dictation and Oral reading

Dictation and oral reading are two more important parts of learning a language.  Dictate several sentences and let your students write them. It helps them with listening and comprehension and tying the written word to the spoken word.
Using a tape recorder, have your ESL-ers read the paragraphs and then listen to themselves.  It helps them to correct their own errors and usually is a fun time for all.
You can also use the job descriptions we’ve been working with to dictate and have them write or to have them read and record their voices to work on pronunciations.

Tutor dictation/audio sheet

Ben- teacher

I’m Ben.  I work in a school.  I work full-time.  I start work at 9am.  Every day, I prepare and teach lessons.  I’m very busy.  I also mark work.  I finish work at 5pm. 


Martha - food assistant

Hello, I’m Martha.  I have a part-time job.  I work on Saturday and Sunday.  I make sandwiches in a cafĂ©.  I work in the local park.  I start at 7am and finish at 4pm.  I also serve coffee and fill the fridge. 


Jack- cleaner

My name is Jack.  I work in a hospital.  I work part-time for three days a week.  I start work at 8am.  I clean the bathroom, mop the floor and polish the tables.  I finish work at 6pm. 


Sam - secretary

Hi, I’m Sam.  I work full-time.  I work in an office.  It’s in London.  I answer the phone and write letters.  I also make appointments.  I start work at 10am and finish at 8pm.  It’s a very long day!