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Authors add audio samples that contain individual sentences and they enter the correct transcription. There are several options for controlling the difficulty of the exercise. Authors can decide whether or not to allow the speed to be adjusted, how many times a learner can listen to the sentences, and whether or not they will allow minor mistakes to allow for typos. Errors can be counted as no mistake, a full mistake, or a half mistake.

When to Use Dictation

Dictation is most useful when learners need to practice their listening comprehension, typing, and spelling skills. It can also be effective in language learning as it provides learners an opportunity to listen and type what they hear. Learners receive immediate feedback, and if chosen, can retry the sentences again. Dictation is a stand-alone activity.

Sample Dictation Activity