گروه آموزشی زبان انگلیسی راهنمایی قاین

گروه آموزشی زبان انگلیسی راهنمایی قاین
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Dictation Type Tests



Outline Of Dictation Type Tests




Dictation is one of the highly valid and reliable measures of language proficiency . Cohen ( 1980 ) claims that dictation is a contextualized spelling test because it has traditionally been used to test students’ spelling ability . The modern use of dictation , however , departs from its traditional treatment because dictation , as it is used nowadays , does not introduce the text word by word , but chunk by chunk . Procedures for administering the test , interpreting the scores , and maintaining practicality have led to the development of the so called standard dictation along with a variety of alternative techniques such as partial dictation , elicited imitation , dicto-comp , and dictation with competing noise . Each will be discussed briefly .


I. Standard Dictation


The most frequently used type of dictation is the standard dictation . The length of the passage is set somewhere between 100 – 150 words . Dictation is usually read and the examinees are required to write down what they hear .

The dictation passage should be read three times . The first reading gives the examinees a chance to obtain the general idea of the passage , During this reading , examinees are not allowed to write down the passage . The second reading is the most important part of the administration because during this reading , the examinees should write down what they hear.  The second reading is performed at a normal rate of speech with appropriate pauses and punctuation marks provided . Finally , the third reading is performed in a manner similar to that of the first reading , The purpose of the third reading is to allow students to check their performance .

In all three readings the passage must be read at a normal rate of speech .


II. Partial Dictation


In partial dictation a passage with some deletions is given to the testees , but read in complete form. The testees are required to fill in the deleted parts as they hear the passage . Partial dictation is , in fact , an activity somewhere between cloze and dictation tasks . It is similar to dictation in that the passage is read to the testee and it is similar to cloze in that the testee should fill in the blanks .


III. Elicited Imitation


In elicited imitation the testees are required to imitate or repeat what they hear . It is called elicited because the tester tries to elicit some pieces of information . The task is classified as a kind of dictation type activity because the examinee has to produce what he hears , of course not in the written form as in standard dictation , but in oral form . This technique is quite effective with children and preliterate adults .


IV. Dicto – Comp


It is an activity formed from the combination of dictation and composition . In dicto – comp the materials are presented to the examinees orally at a normal rate of speech , and they are required to write down what they have heard . It is similar to dictation in that the materials are given to the examinee orally . It is similar to composition in that the testees should compose the text they hear . This technique is more appropriate for the students at intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency . 


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Department of Education


In – Service Teacher Education





Basic English

Language Skills








November 2010


Chapter 1


What is language ?


When we study human language , we are approaching what some might call the “ human essence ,” the distinctive qualities of mind that are , so far as we know , unique to man .


Noam Chomsky , Language and Mind


Whatever else people do when they come together – whether they play , fight , make love , or make automobiles – they talk . We live in a world of language . We talk to our friends , our associates , our wives and husbands , our lovers , our teachers , our parents , our rivals , and even our enemies . We talk to bus drivers and total strangers . We talk face-to-face and over the telephone , and everyone responds with more talk . Television and radio further swell this torrent of words . Hardly a moment of our walking lives is free from words , and even in our dreams we talk and are talked to . We also talk when there is no one to answer . Some of us talk aloud in our sleep . We talk to our pets and sometimes to ourselves .

The possession of language , perhaps more than any other attribute , distinguishes humans from other animals . According to the philosophy expressed in the myths and religions of many peoples , language is the source of human life and power . To some people of Africa , a newborn child is a kintu , a “thing” not yet a muntu , a “person” . Only by the act of learning language does the child become a human being . According to this tradition , then , we all become “human” because we all know at least one language . But what does it mean to “know” a language ?


But what does it mean to know a language ?


1. Linguistic knowledge

a)     Linguistic knowledge

   I. Creativity of linguistic Knowledge  

b)     Linguistic performance


2. Knowledge of sound system


3. Knowledge of words


4. Knowledge of sentences and non-sentences 


1. Linguistic knowledge


a) Linguistic Knowledge


When we know a language , you can speak and be understood by others who know that language . This means you have the capacity to produce sounds that signify certain meanings and to understand or interpret the sounds produced by others .

Most everyone knows a language . Five-year-old children are nearly as proficient at speaking and understanding as their parents . Yet the ability to carry out the simplest conversation requires profound knowledge that most speakers are unaware of . This is true for speakers of all languages . A speaker of
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