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Running Dictation in Spanish class

Inside: Running Dictation - a fun game for any class that includes a lot of movement!

Running Dictation in Spanish class

Running dictation has been around the language teaching classrooms for a while now. Martina Bex posted about Running dictation in 2011, citing she learned about it from Jason Fritze. I first learned about it from Martina and have been using it in class for the last few years now. I have seen a lot of questions about how to implement it, and even though I have mentioned it in passing in many novel posts, I though I would add more details for those of you who want to try it for the first time, or are looking for a different variation. I know there are MANY versions of how to do this activity, but this is the way that I have found it works best in my school, with my students. (Always do what works best for YOU!)

Here are posts to specific novels that include a running dictation activity for a specific chapter

  • Pick 8-10 sentences that retell your chapter or story. Make sure it is something students are familiar with and not completely new. I love to use the order of events from the novel teacher's guides. 
  • Type them in large font, print and cut apart. (I do not number them, since I want students to figure out the order later. You could put one letter on each, that when put in order spells a secret message, like "PROBLEMAS")
  • Tape them up spread out in a large space. I use my hallway and let teachers know they will be out and about that class period. I know other teacher go to the gym, commons or outside. If you can not leave your room, the sentences could be on one side of the room and everyone else on the other. 
  • Cut scratch paper into fours (enough for all groups to have 8-10). I use these for students to write, draw and out in order. 

In class
  • Divide students into groups of 3-4, with 3 being ideal. I like to assign these groups because you need at least one "leader" student in each group. This activity works best with mixed ability groupings. 
  • In each group, let students decide who is A, B, C or D (the optional member). Each group needs 10 1/4 sheets of paper & markers too. 
  • Explain the expectations & team roles. (My expectations are: stay in Spanish, no phones at any time, no writing in the hallway, only the current runner is in the hallway, stay with and support your team). Once a group has all of the sentences written, there are extensions to complete as well. 
Team Roles
  • Corre (Runner - Go to sentence, memorize & retell)
  • B Escribe (Writer - Write down what the runner says)
  • C Dibuja (Artist - Draw representation of sentence)
  • D Edita* (Editor/Cheerleader- Check over work & encourage group - *Optional only if have 4)
  • Jobs rotate after each sentence - (A becomes B, B becomes C etc)
Running Dictation in Spanish class


libro lunes: La piñata de Renata

Inside this post: It is time for another libro lunes, telling you about a great addition to your Spanish classroom library. If you implement FVR, or Free Voluntary Reading, make sure you also check out the game changer for me in regards to reading in Spanish class.

libro lunes: La piñata de Renata - a must have book for Spanish class
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