Split Dictation

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. 
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