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

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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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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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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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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).
 
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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?
 

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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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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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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.

Yes, of course we have spelling tests. Lists of words are assigned and students have to learn them, write sentences with them, etc. Then for the test, the teacher will say the word out loud and the student will write those words and hand in their tests, which the teacher corrects.

The original post said that the teacher wanted to dictate notes and that would also improve the spelling. It didn't say "The teacher dictates the spelling words." Unless the teacher corrects the dictated notes, how does the student learn whether he or she used correct spelling as the notes were transcribed? Yes, the chalk board exercise would work, but is there one student up there writing the notes on the board as the teacher speaks? Does the teacher stop if the student at the board makes a spelling mistake to correct the mistake and then resume dictating his/her notes?
 

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Suppose the teacher has dictated the one page notes, she will now correct the note books of the students to see whether they have made any mistakes or not. If there are some mistakes ,she will correct them.
 
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