There are many strategies to support bilingual education. One that is often avoided and misunderstood in elementary is dictado. Oftentimes it becomes a spelling list or a form of Daily Oral Language (DOL). This, of course, is not the case.
I have written extensively about several topics as it relates to elementary dictado. Here I compile my many posts about Spanish dictation.
Elementary Dictado Resources and Articles
Tips and Tricks For Spanish Dictation
In this post I give you my quick start guide to getting started. A summary of my missteps and fails throughout my many years with dictado, and ways that you can avoid making the same mistakes that I did. Also some simple tricks for making your life easier when it comes to writing your dictados with mentor texts. A free resource is included!
My suggested weekly schedule that I follow with some variations included to best help you get your kids learning the language and really internalizing your lessons!
Simple Keys to a Successful Dictado
This is a great, quick resource for improving your dictado whether you’re just starting or have been doing dictado for years. I guarantee there are some easy fixes that you can employ starting tomorrow in this article in your own classroom.
I’ve been doing dictado since I started teaching, and I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Oftentimes dictado looks different in secondary than it does in elementary school. Oftentimes teachers use models better suited for upper grades. Running dictations are what many world language classes use.
I tend to focus on dictation as described by Kathy Escamilla using her Biliteracy From the Start book as a guiding resource.
I am always trying to learn more about elementary dictado, though. If you have more resources, please send them my way!