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Jupiter Riddle Running Dictation

This is a running dictation activity for beginner or  pre-intermediate  EFL/ESL learners. This is an English for Specific Purposes activity (ESP) focused on language related to science and astronomy. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences out as strips and place on the wall. Pair up students and have students go to the wall read the sentence and return to their sitting partner. The sitting partner listens and writes the sentence as the running partner speaks. The running partner may need to run back to the sentence several times. In this running dictation activity students are provided with riddle like clues. When all the sentences are collected students must discuss together to determine what the subject is; the Planet Jupiter. I enjoy following up this activity by having students read about different planets in the solar system. A group of four students can choose one planet or one aspect of the solar system (asteroids, comets, planetoids, moons) and give a short presentation to the class.

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