5 Dictation Exercises To Boost Your Listening and Speaking Skills
14 May 2014 admin
Dictation is one of the quickest ways to improve your listening and speaking skills. It helps you to hear individual sounds and what happens to sounds when native speakers speak at a natural speed.
While you are developing your ability to hear sounds, don’t be afraid to replay the recording as many times as you feel you need to. The more you listen, the more you’ll notice the pronunciation and then the more you’ll be able to produce those sounds when you speak.
Here are some ideas to practice:
- Visit https://www.ted.com/ . Choose a topic you’re interested in. Watch the talk and try to write it down. Then, turn on the subtitles and check against what you’ve written. Make sure you notice anything you wrote down incorrectly and think about why this is. You can also try to copy the speaker’s intonation and stress by pausing the videos.
- Use your phone to record yourself doing one part of the IELTS speaking test. Then, play it back and transcribe what you said. You can use this to check your grammar as well!
- Listen to a minute or so of dialogue from a DVD and write down what you think you heard. Then, check if you’re correct by turning on the subtitles.
- Do a Google search for “ESL dictation exercises”. There are hundreds of sites that have short recording for you to practise with. For example, try this site.
- Borrow a book with a soundtrack from your library. Listen to the soundtrack of the story in short chunks (as many times as you want to) and write down what you hear. Then listen again to the soundtrack while reading the book at the same time.
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