Dictée (text from ANATS)

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2 thoughts on “Dictée (text from ANATS)”

  1. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    While I’m with you on how Dictee doesn’t reap the gains of CI, it definitely DOES check the ‘looks like school’ box, for all (other) stakeholders – kids, parents, admin. Plus, in a non-Romanized alphabet target language, I might argue that it works muscle memory – the kids have been watching the teacher form the letters, and now, with the letter chart at the front of the room, are trying it themselves. This is why for Hebrew, I only use the lined flip side of the dry erase lap boards (not paper)- very forgiving and helps hold the filter down.
    There’s a nearby Arabic teacher who, with my encouragement, has also been experimenting with such variations to Ben’s Dictee. She has the Arabic 1 kids for a looong block, so the ‘writing’ is great escape after a sizable input chunk, and she reports that they love to form these new and fanciful letters! At the beginning, she wrote/modeled a brief sentence based on the front-loaded input, and they copied it. I encouraged her to incorporate students’ Arabic names & details – personalize and tailor the writing from the get-go. Now the Dictee exercises are an integral part of her class.
    I wrote a blogpost on using names for emergent literacy in a non romanized L2. Basically, the T does a lot of surveying, and asks a lot of “WHO?” questions, eliciting answers that are names. The names, which appear in L2 on a class chart for Pause-Point-Slow, are eventually written into a chart or graph….Here’s the blogpost:
    http://cmovan.edublogs.org/2018/10/06/cracking-the-written-code-one-name-at-a-time/

  2. Alisa I like your point about muscle memory esp. in non-roman languages. I think most teachers new to CI really need to get how all of what we do as language teachers should be first about creating the appearance of school, which directly impacts our mental health, and only secondarily about language gains, since we have such a little percentage of the hours necessary (1/20th) to get kids to mastery, whatever that means.

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