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What Are Dictations?
Dictation is the transcription of spoken text: one person who is "dictating" speaks and another who is "taking dictation" writes down the words as they are spoken. For speakers of French, la dictée is a school exercise that aims at testing the mastery of orthography and grammar. Since many features of French grammar are distinguished in writing but not in speech, this can be a challenging task. Certain dictées became famous for their difficulty or their interest, like those of Prosper Mérimée and Bernard Pivot. In several countries of the world (including Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Canada), the dictations are the subject of structured championships, similar to English spelling bees. In South Korea, badasseugi (Hangul: 받아쓰기) is a school exercise for children in the lower grades of elementary schools.
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Dictations – Listen Carefully!

You have reached the Dictations section of Busy Teacher. Here you can see 27 free worksheets to use in your classes. When you find one that is appropriate for your students, simply download and print these ready to use activities. This dictation worksheet, for example, has a gap fill exercise and the teaching materials for an activity that will help students practice listening and writing. It also can be used as a review of letter structure. Due to its content, you can use this worksheet when you discuss politely accepting and declining invitations too. For additional practice, just have students check the answers aloud as a class. You may be covering a different topic but there are other worksheets to check out and you can save this one for an appropriate time.
Dictation is being used less frequently in ESL classrooms but it can be an excellent way for students to practice listening and writing. You can use these exercises to test spelling of specific vocabulary words and the punctuation of target structures. When combined with reading and speaking exercises, you will have a lesson that appeals to all different types of learners.

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American Headway Elementary Listening Practice

American Headway Elementary Listening Practice

Extensive listening practice for America Headway Elementary. The file provides the link where audio tracks are available for download. For each track I wrote the related questions. Exercises range ...
1 Elementary
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Students are given a card with the name of a country and a hobby. These cards are on the second page of the worksheet and can be laminated or just printed and cut on cardboard. They ask and answer ...
4 Complete Beginner Elementary
A Scary Story (with PPT)

A Scary Story (with PPT)

•, Dictations
This presentation I use as a warm-up for topics 'Strange creaturers', "Strange encounters' or 'Second conditional'. You tell the story to your students using the presentation. Students try to gues ...
8 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Picture Dictation : My Bedroom

Picture Dictation : My Bedroom

•, Dictations
This is a whole lesson plan to get the students involved in an interactive and funny activity where they will develop not only listening, but also speaking. It's an alternative to traditional tex ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple and Continuous Gap Fill and Dictation

Past Simple and Continuous Gap Fill and Dictation

This is a worksheet that focuses on the use of past simple and continuous combined. The first exercise is a gapfill where the students have to write the verb in brackets in past simple or continou ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
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Dictation Exercises for Advanced Learners

Dictation Exercises for Advanced Learners

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An alternative way to check vocabulary and derivatives through exercises. It is divided into different types of tasks. A derivatives chart, a fill in the blanks exercise and an exercise where they ...
10 Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Five Dictations Intermediate Level

Five Dictations Intermediate Level

Use these five dictations after covering such topics as Famous People, Traveling, Health and Fitness. Make sure that you pre-teach unknown vocabulary in class before your students put their pencil ...
27 Intermediate
Dictation Test Worksheet

Dictation Test Worksheet

• » Dictations
It's a worksheet for practicing dictation, it contains five activities: put a tick based on the teacher's dictation, put a  tick or check (√) to the right pictures based on the best mea ...
20 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Animal Wordsearch

Animal Wordsearch

This is a simple wordsearch for elementary students including basic animal names. It aims to test students' receptive knowledge of these names by testing spelling at the same time. Problem so ...
13 Elementary
Pronunciation of the Phonetic Vowels /ai/ and /i/

Pronunciation of the Phonetic Vowels /ai/ and /i/

This worksheet is to identify the difference between the long /ai/ sound and the short /i/ sounds that are otften confused by learners. It can be used to find patterns (e.g. the magic 'e' which tr ...
18 Pre-Intermediate
Planning Writing

Planning Writing

This is a useful tool to help with any writing assignment. Planning writing explained. I have used it with my Literacy and with my ESOL learmers with excellent results. It has helped to provide s ...
13 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Dictation Handout: Derivatives - 1

Dictation Handout: Derivatives - 1

•, Dictations
This worksheet requires that students use their dictionaries to complete the meaning of the words is their ESL learners. It could be assigned for homework or used as a small test. In the first exe ...
4 Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
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Subject & Object Pronoun Dictation

Subject & Object Pronoun Dictation

This is a simple (and fun) practice for subject pronouns and their corresponding object pronouns. As a secondary goal it is a listening practice for singular/plural nouns. I've also added several ...
23 Complete Beginner Elementary
Price Dictation Exercise

Price Dictation Exercise

•, Dictations
Did he say $.15 or $.50? Numbers can sound very similar. This dictation exercise requires students to listen carefully and circle the price that was dictated. The second part gives students pra ...
8 Elementary
Pre-Entry + Entry1 Phonology (2)

Pre-Entry + Entry1 Phonology (2)

• » Dictations
This handout can be used after the students have been previously taught about some graphemes and simple words (e.g. "oo" / "ee"/ "th" / "all" / "ow" / "sh" / "ch"/ "ea" / "ing" / "ink" / "ame"/ "a ...
13 Elementary
Pre Entry + Entry 1 Phonology

Pre Entry + Entry 1 Phonology

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This handout can be used after the students have been previously taught about some graphemes and simple words (e.g. "oo" / "ee"/ "th" / "all" / "ow" / "sh" / "ch"/ "ea" / "ing" / "in ...
7 Complete Beginner Elementary
Auto-dictation Game

Auto-dictation Game

• » Dictations
A wonderful and funny group work game. Very interesting and suitable for different levels... Objectives: This activity focuses on several skills development: - Vocabulary - Grammar - Spelling - ...
17 All levels
Shapes: Listening and Speaking

Shapes: Listening and Speaking

This is a very useful worksheet to practice shapes through listening and speaking. Teacher's words: Listen to the teacher's instructions and blacken the circle needed. e.g. TASK 1: BLACKEN the va ...
13 Elementary
How To Write An Essay (+exercise)

How To Write An Essay (+exercise)

•Dictations,
Very complete worksheet. "How To Write an Essay" guided notes: paragraphs, information, grammar, style, adverbs, usage, background, catch the interest, spelling, organization, thesis, verbs, verb ...
46 All levels
Dictogloss - Nothing is as it seems

Dictogloss - Nothing is as it seems

•, Dictations
Dictogloss is a classroom dictation activity where students are required to reconstruct a short text by listening and noting down key words, which are then used as a base for reconstruction. It ...
18 Pre-Intermediate
Diagnostic Mechanics Assessment

Diagnostic Mechanics Assessment

•Dictations,
This 32 item multiple choice diagnostic mechanics assessment includes commas, capitalization, ending punctuation, parentheses, and quotation marks. In other words, everything in the K-6 Common Cor ...
9 Elementary Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Words Beginning With... and Ending With...

Words Beginning With... and Ending With...

Extracted from Merriam Webster's Dictionary (2000). This is a list of Words that begin with ANTI, AUTO, BI, DIS, EX, IM, IN, IR, MICRO, MIS, MONO, etc. There is also a list or words that ends ...
19 Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
It or There (Advanced Level Worksheet)

It or There (Advanced Level Worksheet)

A very steady study about the differences between It and There with explanations, examples and exercises helping students with CAE and CPE levels. You have to crack a book sometimes in o ...
31 Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Topic Sentence and Controlling Idea

Topic Sentence and Controlling Idea

• » Dictations
It is a good ppts about topic sentence.You can use it in your writing sessions. It is easy for your students to understand how to write a topic sentence. Thus,your students can overcome their prej ...
17 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced

Bullying in Schools (with teacher's notes)

The lesson is suitable for elementary to low-intermediate learners. It's basically a reading lesson with some vocabulary, speaking and writing integrated into it. It pre-teaches some key vocabular ...
26 Elementary

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