Running Dictation

This activity is fairly well-known and written about in a lot of language teaching books.

What were we trying to learn?

This was a pre-reading class (actually, it was a pre-topic class) and I was in the process of introducing a new topic about expressing yourself (yes, sigh). I didn’t want to just read the introductory paragraphs so we tried out this activity to get the students involved. The idea was that through a more interesting activity, the students would be more motivated about the topic. That was the idea…

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Pre-Reading Prediction Task

This activity was inspired by the book Doing Task-based Teaching, and is also available online here.

What were we trying to learn?

The class was to help students develop skills that help them to predict what will happen in a text. They were to collaborate in small groups and predict possible outcomes based on the title of a story. After more clues, they were to produce their own story based on what they thought would happen.

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