Mixing Ancient and Modern: Dictation and Internet Media Combinations

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Mark Rebuck, Meijo University

Dictation helps to hone various language skills, but particularly listening, because it raises learners’ awareness of what they tend not to hear. Despite the efficacy of dictation, it is absent from many communicative language classrooms. One possible reason for this is that some teachers are unaware of the variations on the traditional dictation that they remember from their own school days. After looking at the merits of dictation and points for the teacher to be aware of when conducting it, I describe six ways in which dictation can be effectively combined with Internet media resources, specifically YouTube videos and radio-podcast clips. Examples of these D-AV combos (dictation-audio/video combinations) are illustrated, including those used in EMP (English for Medical Purposes) classes.