Part 3: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A. Common Misconceptions


1. Is it true that pupils with good dictation results must be good at English?

2. Should dictation be used as a testing device only?

3. Is spelling the only focus of dictation?

4. Can teachers help pupils better prepare for dictation by asking them to copy the passages several times?

5. Does frequent dictation help improve pupils’ English proficiency?


B. Useful Tips for Conducting Dictation


1. Should pupils be asked to write down all the words on the EDB wordlists in dictation?  

2. When should unseen dictation be conducted?  

3. Can pupils check dictation for themselves?  

4. Is mechanical copying of the correct answers an effective way of doing corrections?