Posted by: Idioma Extra | July 9, 2014

Wild Wednesdays

Dictation Exercise


Dictation is when someone listens to something that is being said and they write down exactly what that person says. For example, if I say to you “Today is July ninth and the weather is perfect.” you would write down, “Today is July ninth and the weather is perfect.” This was very common for secretaries to do many years ago before computers changed the need for this (though it still happens in court rooms).

This is also happens to be a wonderful listening and writing practice for you while you are learning English. It gets to you to focus and listen closely to what people are saying. It also gets you to focus on your writing/spelling to see if it is correct too.

Check out this website for hundreds of dictation exercises and good luck practicing your listening and writing skills!


Dictation Exercises here!



  1. So helpful, thanks for sharing. However, there is some discussion about whether dictation is a useful pedagogical tool. I think it’s helpful in my classes – what do you think?

    • I personally enjoy using it, however sparingly. The students enjoy practicing their listening and spelling skills!

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