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Dictogloss – improving non-fiction writing

Added 13 Nov 2017 | Updated 15 Apr 21

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What is dictogloss?

Dictogloss is an inclusive teaching strategy that guides and supports students to produce a piece of formal subject writing. The technique is best used at the end of a topic or teaching module to introduce a new text type or model a longer exam question.

The resource

  • A guides for teachers which takes them through the planning stage and seven steps to executing the dictogloss technique
  • The strategy integrates listening, speaking and writing
  • Works well with any age from Key Stage 2 upwards, as far as A level
  • Includes details on how to prepare and conduct the lesson, with some optional elements to allow teachers to tailor it to the time they have available to complete the activity

Further teaching tips

Also see: Wajnryb, R. (1988). The Dictogloss method of language teaching: A text-based, communicative approach to grammar. English Teaching Forum.

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