September 29, 2009 by Willy Cardoso
Dictogloss is a classroom dictation activity where learners listen to a text, usually a short one, and then reconstruct it.
One simple framework can be: Students listen to the text only, and on the second time they note down key words or phrases. In pairs or small groups they reconstruct the text and then report to the whole class. The teacher elicits marker sentences and record them on the board for focusing on form.
Dictogloss is as a multiple skills activity. Learners practise listening, writing and speaking , and use grammar and lexis to complete the task. I found it particularly useful for inductive grammar instruction, and as an alternative to print text-based lessons.
Below is a video that illustrates pretty well the whole idea.