Basic Dictations can be used with launched beginners and intermediates. It can even be used selectively with advanced students. As a glance at the topics (Contents) will reveal, it is aimed at the newcomer—young adult or adult. Not only are the students improving their English, they are also learning more about how to get around in their new country and culture.
With 58 lessons in the collection, teacher’s may prefer photocopying—picking and choosing lessons that are most relevant to your students. However, the practical information on aspects of everyday life is wide–ranging and interesting, and your students will benefit from the fun and varied language practice in every lesson. Most lessons are only two pages with a short dictation, a discussion, and a couple of informative, fast–moving activi– ties.
As with the other books by these authors, there are four kinds of dictations: partial, pair, prediction, and dic– togloss. And scattered throughout the book there are also 18 listening activities—conversations and short nar– rations. All of the dictations and the listening tasks are available on a CD. And every lesson deals with vocabu– lary and discussion.
The 58 lessons are organized under these topic headings: Friends and Families; Numbers; Time; Around Town; Food; Health; and Work.