Number one for English language teachers

IELTS set two - listening and writing

Type: Teaching notes

Word building activity using dictation.

Time: 20 minutes +
Language focus: word building: science and technology, focus on spelling

This is a very simple activity using dictation to get students to think about different forms of the same base word. It is also an opportunity to focus on spelling. Spelling is particularly important for the listening paper where an incorrectly spelled word is marked as wrong.

Stage 1

Draw a table on the board as follows:

verb noun (object, in general) noun (person) adjective adverb


Stage 2

Dictate a word e.g. science

Students put the word in the correct column and then attempt to think of other forms of the word e.g.

science, scientist, scientific, scientifically

You could dictate about 10 words associated with a theme you have been looking at. Recently, we were looking at themes associated with science and technology and I dictated the following words:

science, technology, research, experiment, discover, invent, expert, investigate, breakthrough

Think of other word groups e.g. associated with, health, education, work, finance, leisure, travel, the language of graphs.This exercise is great for recycling vocabulary from previous lessons too.

After dictation get students to compare in pairs and then feedback. Focus on problem words (meaning and spelling). Make a note of problem words for future recycling.

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  • Very simple and extremely useful.

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