Learn how to use a dictation to teach reading

This activity helps students focus on their reading.

This ESL activity really helps the students focus on what's being read. It gives you a chance to emphasize new vocabulary words and it provides them with a model when they later read. To do this dictation activity:

  • Select some text or some small story from the student book.
  • Read the text or the story out loud.
  • Emphasize certain words by saying them louder, quieter or two times. It's best to underline these words in your book first.
  • As you emphasize certain words have your students underline them in their books.
  • Continue until done.
  • After you have finished ask your students which words you emphasized. Start from the first. Have your students tell you which was first, second, etc.