Shouting dictation – it’s dictation; it’s fun; and yes, it’s loud. It’s an information gap activity or barrier game for pairs of students that gets them into using language maintenance and repair strategies as they help each other to complete a written text.
How does it work?
Each student starts with a written copy of a text but the alternate lines are blank. Texts such as song lyrics, dialogues and poems work particularly well for shouting dictation.
Students take turns dictating the missing lines to their partner so that both end up with a complete text. They can’t show the line to their partner, of course, and all communication must be in the target language.
Then there’s the fun part. To make it more interesting and realistic (Imagine a conversation by telephone, in a crowded market, at a football game, in a nightclub.) students sit several metres apart in a noisy room. Music is especially good to create a noisy room.
What language skills do students practise?
What does it sound like and look like in the classroom?
Watch the demonstration by the boys of Scotch College.