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Dictyon uses a range of learning strategies to further student language development. Employed in basic, intermediate and advanced courses, core learning strategies are varied to improve attention and cater to individual differences in skill, recognition and retention support. Through the use of a variety of techniques, Dictyon encourages the students to take an active responsibility for their own learning and gives them the opportunity to explore new concepts in a fashion that best supports their personal learning style(s). The following identifies and explains how different learning experiences are used by Dictyon instructors to support individual instruction in a basic course:

Listening and Speaking

  • listening to radio or TV announcements, commentaries, extracts from programs
  • conversing face-to-face, telling stories
  • conducting and/or answering an opinion poll/survey
  • making an audiocassette ‘letter’
  • role-playing in specific settings
  • talking on the telephone
  • listening to an answering machine
  • listening to commentaries on radio, TV
  • listening to radio programs on the internet
  • giving an oral report, speech
  • commenting on photos, slides or videos
  • listening to a news or weather report or video segment
  • listening to or explaining a recipe
  • holding a debate or participating in a discussion
  • listening to the instructor or class-mates
  • listening to songs, poems, jokes
  • tele-linking with instructor/faculty member
  • researching a task that involves questioning background speakers (if approved)

Reading and Writing

  • reading and writing personal and more formal letters, postcards, notes, advertisements and instructions
  • reading authentic texts such as headlines, news reports, signs, commentaries, reviews, cartoons, short stories, poems, song lyrics, official forms, timetables, questionnaires, pamphlets, programs, magazine articles, menus, advice columns, labels, dictionaries
  • writing a diary or journal
  • working with others to produce a class newsletter
  • information exchange by email
  • visiting websites in the target language.

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