ERIC Number: ED200968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
La Dictee: An Effective Method for Teaching Writing.
Tiedt, Iris M.
"La dictee" is an effective, time-tested strategy for teaching writing based on the French method of writing from dictation. In addition to writing, "la dictee" incorporates thinking, listening, and speaking skills; relies on literature to provide instructional material; and stresses the interrelationships between reading and writing. The teacher first selects a well-written work and briefly describes to the class its setting, plot, and characters. Next, the teacher reads a selected paragraph aloud to the class and discusses its meaning. The teacher then reads each sentence of the paragraph and repeats it as the students write. The students can correct their copies of the paragraph as the teacher explains special features of punctuation or spelling that may have caused difficulties. The corrected copy of the dictation can be used as a study guide for each student. Follow up activities can also be used in "la dictee," such as repeating the same passage to challenge students to perfect their writing ability or to reinforce the skills learned from the passage, exploring synonyms appropriate for the passage to expand students' vocabulary, and having students retell the passage to develop their oral language. Students can also benefit from responding in writing to questions raised by the passage. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dictation; La Dictee; Reading Writing Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference on Language Arts in the Elementary School (13th, Portland, OR, April 10-12, 1981).