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ERIC Number: ED035615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 11
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Dictation: A Bridge between Oral and Written Composition.
Lohmann, Idella
Elementary school students should be given opportunities to participate in a variety of experiences and to develop their language skills through talking about these experiences. Children develop self-confidence by expressing their ideas and, upon seeing their words written down, also become interested in the processes of writing and reading. To bridge the gap between oral and written composition, an experiment employing dictation was conducted in grades 1, 2, and 3. Teachers began by transcribing children's stories, feelings, and ideas without changing the wording, until the children progressed, at their own speeds, to writing on their own. It was found that those children accustomed to dictation demonstrated a higher degree of fluency, in both oral and written communication, than those not accustomed to it. Other benefits appearing to derive from dictation were growth in vocabulary, a sense of punctuation acquired from intonation, and practice in establishing sequence and organization of ideas. (LH)
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Note: Speech given at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention (Honolulu, 1967)