TEACHERS: Please read Appropriate Practice for Listening Comprehension under "TEACHERS' TUMBLR" on the menu. 


Before you start:

For best results, you should practice at the lowest level first. Practice at the lowest level a few times to understand how this method works on this website.

Take a Level Test! 

For best results you must find your appropriate practice level. This is very important. Here's how:

   a) Start with an Elementary dictation. Go   through all four slides.

   b) Compare your writing with the text (slide 4). You should only   have 0 to 3 errors. 

   c) If you have 0 to 3 errors, try a dictation at the next level. For example, if you have 0 to 3 errors on an Elementary level dictation, try a

       pre-Intermediate dictation. 

   d) Your appropriate practice level should be the one in which each dictation has 0 to 4 errors. 

NOTE: It is of course much better to take several dictations and then calculate the average number of errors. 


A spelling mistake is not an error if the meaning is not changed. For example, if the correct word is "their," and you wrIte "there," this is a spelling mistake and a dictation error. On the other hand, if you write "aquaint" instead of "acquaint," you have not changed the meaning of the passage at all. Remember, you are not worried about spelling. You are worried about meaning (listening comprehension is about meaning). 

Other examples of spelling mistakes that are dictation errors:

- write not right (one is a verb, the other is an adjective)

- weight not wait (one is a noun, the other is a verb)

- his not he's (one is a possessive pronoun, the other is he+is)

Few language exercises provide feedback as instantly, nor can one find a more accurate technique for identifying very specific language challenges, which in turn lead to highly focused study.