Split dictation is a barrier activity in which sentences, or a paragraph is split. Students work in pairs dictating parts of a sentence / paragraph to each other for the partner to copy down in writing what their partner has said. It is also a great way to get students to speak clearly and practice the target language orally.
The dictated text could focus on:
- Subject specific vocabulary.
- Sentence structure
- The language features of a particular genre that you are expecting students to write in.