Dictogloss Tongue Twister

Dictogloss Tongue Twister
15 Mar, 2018

Dictogloss Tongue Twister

Dictogloss Tongue Twister is a fun warmer/cooler that can be used with young learners, teens and even adults. During Dictogloss Tongue Twister, students listen to the teacher saying a tongue twister. Then, students must rewrite the tongue twister and later, in pairs/groups, use their notes to recreate the full tongue twister. Later, students can practice saying the tongue twister.

Dictogloss is a teaching technique developed for teaching grammar which involves students collaborating in groups or pairs to reconstruct in writing a text they have heard read aloud several times. This activity promotes students working together and is a great way to practice listening skills as well as writing.


Aim: To practice listening and pronunciation

Level: Young learners, teens and adults (Lower intermediate +)

  1.  Tell students a tongue twister. After have them try and write what they remember.
  2. Say the tongue twister one more time and give students some time to write what else they can remember.
  3. In pairs, students use their notes to try and recreate the complete tongue twister.
  4. See which pair of students is able to recreate the tongue twister.

You can use the following tongue twisters with your students.

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David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.

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