These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom improve reading and reading comprehension while using all four language skills. This activity provides students with a short story about a student who is shopping. The vocabulary used in this reading dictation is related to shopping and the use of cardinal numbers.
This activity is designed at two levels. This can be used in leveled classes, or differentiated in a single class. One reading is at a slightly higher level. As students work I observe the group. If I know of a group that is at a lower level, or see students struggling I will switch students to the easier reading so that all students have an opportunity to be successful.
This is a reading dictation activity. In this activity, with a group of four students, one student takes the turn as the reader, and the three other students in the group listen and write what they hear. Students can stop the reader and ask clarifying questions using the classroom language question card as a guide.
One student can read the entire story, or students can take turns. Students continue until all the paragraphs have been written into a notebook, building on all four skills at the same time. Once students have completed the writing, I take away the story card and have students answer comprehension check questions written on the board.
Now the student must read what they wrote down to answer the questions. This can be very useful with students who need to consider their handwriting As a follow up to this activity I have students create a mind map of the reading to demonstrate comprehension.