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    improve spelling???

    kindly throw light on the framing of the underlined sentence.


    The teacher wants to dictate the notes to his student. This way their spelling will also improve.

    Is the underlined sentence ok ??

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Please reply to my question, teachers!

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Grammatically, it is OK, but I can't see how dictation improves spelling.

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Grammatically, it is OK, but I can't see how dictation improves spelling.
    I thought it is a very good exercise in language learning. The teacher dictates the notes slowly and the students listen and write them down.

    not a teacher.

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I thought it is a very good exercise in language learning. The teacher dictates the notes slowly and the students listen and write them down.
    ("I think it is" or "I thought it was")
    not a teacher.
    But how does that improve their spelling? Surely that would be better accomplished by the teacher handing out properly spelled written notes.
    I'd agree that the sentence is grammatically correct but factually false.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    But how does that improve their spelling? Surely that would be better accomplished by the teacher handing out properly spelled written notes.
    I'd agree that the sentence is grammatically correct but factually false.
    Well, I did go through such dictation exercise in primary school. It is similar a to spelling exercise, just that you write the whole passage out.
    It is probably not so effective with subjects other than languages.

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Well, I did go through such dictation exercise in primary school. It is similar a to spelling exercise, just that you write the whole passage out.
    It is probably not so effective with subjects other than languages.
    Then, your teacher must have checked your spelling and corrected it for it to have had a beneficial effect on your spelling. That wasn't mentioned as part of the original exercise.

    If you can't spell a word, how is simply taking notes from dictation going to help you? You're always going to write it as you think it should be spelled, and you'll never be any wiser (from that exercise).
    Last edited by Raymott; 02-Jul-2010 at 15:58. Reason: missing word

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Right. I need help understanding this too.
    The teacher says "The leopard has many spots."

    The students write:
    Student 1: Thuh lepperd haz meny spotz.
    Student 2: The leppard has menny spots.
    Student 3: The lepherd has many spots.


    How does this help their spelling?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Right. I need help understanding this too.
    The teacher says "The leopard has many spots."

    The students write:
    Student 1: Thuh lepperd haz meny spotz.
    Student 2: The leppard has menny spots.
    Student 3: The lepherd has many spots.


    How does this help their spelling?
    The students would just fail the test.
    Don't you get tested for spelling (if not dictation) in school? And how do you improve your spelling if not through tests? Not that I have any particular interest in TESL.
    Speaking of which, I have noticed many natives do have problem with spelling.

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    Re: improve spelling???

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I thought it is a very good exercise in language learning. The teacher dictates the notes slowly and the students listen and write them down.

    not a teacher.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Tedmc.

    (1) I found that many serious and dedicated students liked dictation

    and FELT it was very helpful.

    (2) The teacher would dictate a sentence.

    (3) The students would write it.

    (4) A volunteer would then go to the chalk-, whiteboard to write it.

    (5) Other students would judge the accuracy of his/her sentence.

    (6) In that way, some students that day would get an idea of

    their strengths and weaknesses in spelling.

    (7) In other words: "Practice makes perfect."

    *****

    Maybe I heard wrong, but they say that students in French schools

    have dictation (every day?), and that many people seem to believe that

    this dictation helps students to better understand their beautiful

    language.

    ***** Thank you *****

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