Sunday 26 January 2020

Running Dictation: A different way to work with Readers

Hard as it is to get students to read in English, it's totally worth it. 

Apart from more academic activities, such as comprehension questions, describing characters, recalling passages, writing reviews or summaries, students can have fun using their Readers.

This term, 3 ESO students are immersed in the world of Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective. For the first story they read, "A Scandal in Bohemia", students played a Running Dictation and, as the video shows, they did have some fun!

Running dictations are played in pairs or teams. The aim of the activity is for one of the students in each team to walk (or run!) to read and memorize one of the sentences placed on the board. Then, they walk (or run!) back to their writing partner and they dictate what they remembered to him/her, who writes it down. Then, over several turns, students will have the 10 sentences and they have to put them in the order that the facts happened in the story. 
The winning team is the one that finishes first - although if there are mistakes, they must keep walking to check!

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