Running dictation is a lively activity which encourages teamwork/pairwork, problem solving and memorising strategies.
There are several methods for conducting a running dictation, and a quick internet search will give you some ideas.
Here are just two ways which could be used:
- Students are divided into groups of 2, 3 or 4. The teacher has the original text face down on the desk at the front of the class. Student number 1 from each group comes to the front and the teacher allows 20 seconds for those students to look at the text. They must then run back to their group and dictate to student number 2 what they saw. After 45 seconds, student number 2 comes to the front and dictates to student 3 etc. This continues until the teacher decides enough practice has been had.
- Students are placed in pairs (a runner and a writer), and the text is cut up into sections and placed randomly around the room. The runner must move around the room and dictate to the writer the text that they find. The pair must then construct the text in the correct order from the sections found. (This method probably needs the teacher to set up the sections before the students enter the room.)