Akita JALT:

Putting Words in Their Mouths: Dictogloss, Shadowing and Summarizing

Date: Saturday, March 8th, 2003 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: John Small, Kumamoto Gakuen University

This presentation will cover three activities that give students structured language practice: dictogloss (grammar dictation), shadow talking and summarizing. With dictogloss, students actively recreate the spoken text, discuss differences and missing information with partners, and participate in a review of the grammar of individual sentences. The presenter will also explain some variations on the standard dictogloss method. Finally, the presenter will provide extension activities that involve a picture story that corresponds to the dictogloss narrative. This series of extension activities give students the chance to master the vocabulary, grammatical structures, and pronunciation/intonation of a given narrative. Dictogloss narratives can be easily prepared and tailor made for classes of any level or interest. Shadow talking and summarizing exercises, which are easy to prepare and paperless, will also be explained. Shadow talking, which simply involves the repetition of spoken input, can be done out loud or silently by students. After explaining and demonstrating the basic method, the presenter will provide shadow talking warm-ups that can serve as a supplement to any lesson. Students are provided relevant vocabulary, shadow talk a narrative, summarize for their partners, then may give a similar talk based on their own experiences. Summarizing an article with a mind map will also be covered. Presentation materials come from the presenters self-published, non-profit, global issues textbooks.

Organization: Akita Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Akita JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students)

Venue: GH-300, MSU-A (Minnesota State University Akita)

Location: Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan


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