Dictations are fun!

Useful ideas for fun dictation activities.

teflreflections

No, I haven’t gone insane. I really think they are. On top, dictations are also powerful EFL teaching tools if used judiciously.

Yes, I know. The very sound of the word DICTATION can immediately make some go red with embarrassment. Others may shudder with trepidation.

Nervous sweat rolling down your brow. Clasping and unclasping your hands. The monotonous voice of the teacher lulling you to sleep. And all those incomprehensible French and Latin looking words you can’t and never will be able to spell: opprobrium, abstinence, acquiesce and trousseau. What are they even supposed to mean?!

You would very much like to formally plead the teacher to be mag-na-ni-mous and to spare you the suffering if only you knew how to spell the damn word…

Sounds familiar?

Now a teacher yourself, you’ve probably been trying to save your students from going through the same  trauma, long ago banning any form…

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Alma Ghita

CELTA-certified English trainer. I love yoga, tea, books and traveling. In any order.

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