Dictations – Listen Carefully!
You have reached the Dictations section of Busy Teacher. Here you can see 47 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
, 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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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.
This activity was specifically designed for chap 10 of the Empower Advanced book, but can be used for any upper intermediate or advanced group. After completing the shouting dictation, students ca ...
This is a shouting dictation designed to practice a number of "home" idioms. Students begin with the shouting part of the activity then proceed to a matching-type activity where they match they i ...
This worksheet is useful for practicing some vocabulary items and alphabet letters A-K. Hope you find it useful in your classes. It's appropriate for early beginner students.
I use this activity at the beginning of the school year to make a revision of the basics: ame, age, expression of love and dislike, conjugation, etc.. Students usually love it. First I introduce t ...
I have designed this worksheet for practicing alphabets (A-N). Have your students write the letters to complete the words. Hope you find in useful.
This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling celebrations and food related vocabulary items, and it helps to improve students writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and beginn ...
This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling toys related vocabulary items, and it helps to improve students writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and beginners. Hope you fin ...
This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling and it improves students' writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and early beginners. Hope you find it useful.
This worksheet is helpful for practicing spelling animals related vocabulary items, and it helps to improve students writing skills. This is appropriate for young learners and beginners.  ...
This is a worksheet for practicing dictation for letters A-N. It is appropriate for absolute beginners. Have your students look at the pictures and write the words. Hope it helps.
This is a worksheet for practicing dictation for letters A-O. It is appropriate for absolute beginners. Have your students look at the pictures and write the words. Hope it helps.
This worksheet is for pupils of different ages. Your ss revise their knowledge of the cardinal numbers and animals, and directions. Your pupils need paper that has squares on it. You dictate the ...
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This is a worksheet for practicing alphabet (A-U). It includes a dictation task. Hope it works well!
This is a worksheet that can be used when teaching about UK. It has some general information about the country. Ss work in pairs, each of them having a different worksheet (A and B). Without looki ...
This is a dictation worksheet for jobs in which students are asked to write the missing letters. It is designed for elementary level. Hope it helps.
This is a dictation worksheet for food in which the students are asked to write the missing letters. It is designed for elementary level. Hope it helps.
Here is a worksheet for a dictation about colors. It is useful for students who've just learnt how to write colors. There are some missing letters to complete the words. This worksheet can be done ...
This is a power point for dictation practice in the format of game. There are some missing letters to complete by students and an applause for the correct answer. This can be good for ...
Worksheet for primary school. This is a worksheet about the parts of the house. Item I: reading. Item II: complete the graphic organizer according to the reading. Item III: match the names with ...
This is a very simple activity for young learners that focuses on decoding CVC words and having students interact with each other. Pair the students and tell them that one student will have to wri ...
This is a fill in the gaps dictation exercise for intermediate students. One of the songs contains a swear word (Santa stole my girlfriend) so you might want to delete that one if not age-appropri ...
Extensive listening practice for American Headway pre-intermediate level. The file provides the link where audio tracks are available for download. For each track I wrote the related questions. Ex ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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