Experiences of an English Language Teacher

How to Teach Dictogloss: Example Video

Earlier this week, I was teaching a wonderful afternoon class of elementary adult learners who were really enthusiastic and engaged. Their enthusiasm and commitment to communicate made up for their lack of language ability. I decided, for their second lesson, to tell them a story and made a dictogloss activity. The main focus for a dictogloss is for students to listen to the story a number of times and then, in a group, to rewrite the story using any of their notes. I was so pleased with their progress and the amount that they had written from my story.

If you are unsure what dictogloss is, then the video below will help how to incorporate into your future lessons.

Have you ever tried dictogloss before? Do you have any questions? If so, don’t hesitate.


  1. I used this in one of my Intermediate classes this week! It’s such a useful tool!

  2. Sharon

    I appreciate seeing you model this method! I changed up my own lesson after seeing that you provided extra support to students by giving explicit instructions to listen for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Thank you!

  3. Susannah

    Thanks so much for this, I’m doing my DipTesol at the moment and have been wondering how I could do a dictogloss with lower level students, this has given me some pointers and convinced me to give it a go 🙂

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