Diction Activities & Games

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Word choice is a major part of communication. This lesson focuses on classroom diction activities and games teachers can use with students of varying ages and abilities.

Simple Diction

Diction is perhaps one of the easier English concepts you'll ever have to explain to your students. To introduce this lesson, write this question on the blackboard:

  • What is diction?

Give students some time to think and respond. Hopefully one of them will have an answer, but if not, help them out by adding this answer under the question on the board.

  • Diction is word choice.

You can expand on this definition by explaining that diction involves choosing which words to write or speak. For example, a children's book author will use simple diction by choosing words that young readers will understand. On the other hand, a science researcher giving a speech to other scientists will use more advanced diction because the intended audience is likely to understand technical terminology.

While diction can include other elements besides just word choice, this lesson is focused on how word choice affects communication and meaning.

Watch Your Diction

Each student will need access to a paper dictionary for this activity.

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