'Why Dictation?' in the Modern ELL Classroom
Is dictation old-fashioned, too teacher-centered, and boring, or can it be fun, challenging, and a good way to spot students' language strengths and weaknesses? A post "Why Dictation?" over at My English Pages, which is also an entry in the recent edition of the English-learning blog carnival, makes the case that dictation can be a useful tool in teaching English-language learners.
Has anyone actually tried this lately in an ELL classroom? If so, tell us how it went.