Dictogloss: An Activity For The EFL Classroom
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We know that teachers are always on the lookout for activities that can be used in the classroom, so here’s another one for you: dictogloss. It can be used for any level, any age group and any language structure and it’s very easy to set up, so it’s a very handy activity to have up your sleeve.
How does it work?
- Choose a text which incorporates the language item in question. This can be taken from the coursebook or written yourself. The length of the text will depend on the level and age of the students, but it shouldn’t be more than four or five sentences. It should not be a list of unrelated sentences but a cohesive paragraph.
- Tell the students to sit quietly and listen. They cannot take any notes.
- Read the text through once. This must be done at a natural pace.
- Make sure the learners understand the text. Encourage any questions for clarification.
- Tell the students you are going to read the text again, but this time they can take notes. They shouldn’t try to write every word but keywords instead.
- Read the text again, again at a natural pace.
- Give the students a few minutes to compare their keywords with each other.
- Tell the students you are going to read the text again and they can write whatever they hear to fill in the gaps on their papers.
- Read the text again, again at a natural pace.
- Tell the students they must reproduce the text in full sentences.
- Give the students time to compare with their classmates and try to reconstruct the paragraph.
- Show the students the original text. Let them compare their own version to the original.
What is so great about dictogloss (besides the fact that it is so easy to do) is that students are forced to think about every aspect of language at sentence-level without any direction from us. Even if the language structure in question is the present perfect tense, they will still need to consider “smaller” things like prepositions, articles, conjunctions and punctuation.
What’s more, this activity allows a focus on meaning first and then helps the students create that meaning through language. In other words, they are focussing on how to convey meaning rather than simply learning a grammatical structure for the sake of it.
Note that if they don’t reproduce the text exactly, as long as the meaning is the same it is still acceptable. Though this is used to practise a certain structure, because the focus is on meaning we cannot penalise students if they are reproducing the correct meaning. In fact, if they are able to do this it can be used as an interesting – and very useful – language aside.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.