Dictations Archive


  • Dictation activity – explore

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Philip Kerr

    This dictation looks at common learner problems, and uses the real-life experiences of a remarkable New Zealander to help your class understand some complicated linguistic concepts. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio Download, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about one minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    explore ***
    1. to travel to a place in order to learn about it or to search for something valuable such as oil.
    2. to examine or discuss a sunject, idea etc thoroughly.
    Audio File 1.86mb Download
    Script 0.12mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.23mb Download
    Glossary 0.15mb Download


  • Dictation activity – cooperation

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Philip Kerr

    This dictation looks at common learner problems, and takes its inspiration from the two-starred red word, ‘cooperation’. Based on the theme of extreme sports, the activity discusses some of the more bizarre pastimes thrill-seekers enjoy. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio Download, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about one minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    cooperation **
    1. a situation in which people or organizations work together to achieve a result that will benefit all of them.
    2. help that you give someone.
    Audio File 1.68mb Download
    Script 0.14mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.33mb Download
    Glossary 0.16mb Download


  • Dictation activity – beauty

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Philip Kerr

    This dictation looks at common learner problems, and takes a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ look at beauty pagaents to help your class understand some complicated linguistic concepts. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio Download, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about one minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    beauty ***
    1. the quality of being beautiful or very gook to look at.
    Audio File 0.72mb Download
    Script 0.07mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.31mb Download


  • Dictation activity – success

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Philip Kerr

    This dictation introduces learners to well-known British playwright Harold Pinter. The exercises are designed to help students improve their skills in difficult areas like introducing concessions and using everyday phrases. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio File, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about one minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    success ***
    1. the achievement of something that you planned to do or attempted to do.
    2. the fact that you are successful in your career or profession, especially when you become rich, famous, respected etc.
    Audio File 0.96mb Download
    Script 0.17mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.24mb Download
    Glossary 0.2mb Download


  • Dictation activity – e-learning

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Philip Kerr

    This dictation focuses on the topic of e-learning and the way in which the Internet, virtual classrooms and downloadable resources – like this one! – can be used to help language learners develop their skills. The exercises look at potentially difficult areas of English like word endings, compounding and subject-specific vocabulary. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio File, Script and Teacher’s Notes, and Glossary.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about one minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.

    Please note: this dictation has been recorded in the style of an advert. The first few lines of the script are in Dutch, and this does not form part of the activity.


    e-learning
    1. methods of learinng that involve the use of computers and the Internet.
    Audio File 1.69mb Download
    Script 0.08mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.3mb Download
    Glossary 0.04mb Download


  • Dictation activity – joke

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Philip Kerr

    This dictation focuses on an English joke, and helps students understand a little about how English humour works, as well as asking them to translate jokes from their first language into English, and tell them to their colleagues. The exercises focus on issues of spelling and grammar that have arisen in the dictation, including subordinate clauses, relative clauses and alternative words that speakers can choose in order to sound more fluent. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio File, Script, Glossary and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about one minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    joke **
    1. something you say or do that is intended to make people laugh.
    2. something that is funny.
    Audio File 0.87mb Download
    Script 0.05mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.23mb Download
    Glossary 0.04mb Download


  • Dictation activity – imagination

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Lindsay Clandfield

    This dictation focuses on the art of Tracey Emin, whose piece ‘My Bed’ was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner Prize. As well as asking students to listen to and transcribe a short text about the work, the dictation encourages them to expand their vocabulary, by finding more nuanced ways of talking about feelings, and takes a look at word stress in correct pronunciation. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio File, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about one minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    imagination **
    1. the ability to think of clever and original ideas, possibilities or solutions.
    2. a feeling of interest and excitement about something.
    Audio File 1.47mb Download
    Script 0.06mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.2mb Download
    Glossary 0.04mb Download


  • Dictation activity – ability

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Lindsay Clandfield

    This dictation looks at South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’ high-profile battle to be allowed to compete in the Bejing Olympics. As well as asking students to listen to and transcribe a short text, the dictation encourages them to refine their vocabulary, finding different ways to talk about movement, and learning how to avoid causing offence when talking about disability. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio File, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about 1 minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    ability ***
    1. the fact of being able to do something.
    2. the level of skill that someone has in a particular job or activity.
    3. the quality of being skillful or naturally good at something.
    Audio File 1.71mb Download
    Script 0.06mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.18mb Download
    Glossary 0.04mb Download


  • Dictation activity – vote

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Lindsay Clandfield

    This dictation focuses on voting behaviour, discussing the way in which people make decisions about who to vote for, and how this influenced the outcome of the recent US presidential election. As well as asking students to listen to and transcribe a short text, the dictation encourages them to refine their vocabulary, exploring the many different terms used in the field of politics. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio File, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about 1 minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    vote ***
    1. to formally express an opinion by choosing between two or more issues, people etc.
    2. to suggest what you would like to do in a particular situation.
    Audio File 1.59mb Download
    Script 0.07mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.3mb Download
    Glossary 0.04mb Download


  • Dictation activity – nature

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Lindsay Clandfield

    This dictation focuses on the practice of greenwashing – trying to convince people that you are doing something good for the environment, when the opposite is actually the case. As well as asking students to listen to and transcribe a short text, the dictation encourages them to expand their vocabulary, asking them to explore some of the many new words that have entered the English language in recent years. Please click on the buttons below the definition of the headword to download the Audio File, Script and Teacher’s Notes.

    Level: Upper Intermediate or above
    Time: The audio clip is only about 1 minute long, so you can just use this as language practice for your class. If you decide to complete all of the activities outlined in the Teacher’s Notes, the entire exercise will take one hour.


    Nature ***
    1. the physical world including all living things as well as the land and the seas.
    2. a basic quality or feature of something.
    Audio File 1.66mb Download
    Script 0.07mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.23mb Download
    Glossary 0.04mb Download


 

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