TOEFL Listening Dictation Practice

The TOEFL listening dictation practice will help prepare you for the listening, speaking, and writing portions of the exam.  All these sections have listening passages. Therefore, this blog post will give you some tips for improve your listening comprehension. Then you will have TOEFL listening dictation practice with sentences with 5-10, 11-20, and 20-30 words.

TOEFL listening dictation practice

TOEFL Listening Dictation Practice Tips

Before you will be able to paraphrase important points from a listening passage, you will need to know exactly what the speaker has said. Therefore, you will be able to accurately and completely re-explain important points during the TOEFL speaking and writing sections of the exam.  Here are some tips to improve your listening dictation skills:

1. Break up sentences, as you listen, into smaller parts such as clauses and phrases. Then write down each part. For example, if you hear the sentence, “Last night, I went to the movies with my friend.”, you can break the sentence into three parts:

  • Prepositional phrase: Last night
  • Independent clause: I went to the movies
  • Prepositional phrase: with my friend

2.  A speaker will use a slightly higher inflection at the end of each thought group. Then the speaker will use a falling tone when getting to the end of the sentence. As you listen to a sentence, write down each thought group that you hear. To illustrate, listen to and read the following sentence paying attention to the tone throughout the sentence:

Bears, in most cases, will not attack unless a human gets between the mother and her cub.

Following the pauses in speech, you can learn tonal changes separating the different parts of the sentence:

  • BeARS= rising tone
  •  in most caSES = rising tone
  • will not attACK = rising tone
  • unless a human gets between the mother and her cub

3. A speaker will also separate numbers into thought groups using rising tone on each group of numbers except the last. Write down each group of numbers. For example, listen to the following phone number, especially to the pauses and tone that the speaker uses:

  • (909) =rising tone
  • 880 = rising tone
  • 0332 = falling tone

4.  Make an effort to improve your spelling.

  • For example, practice your independent and integrated writing tasks on a computer so you can spell-check your practice tests.
  • In addition, spend about 30-45 minutes reading magazines, newspapers, and books.
  • Take spelling tests on the Internet.
  • As you study your 1,700 TOEFL Vocabulary List, practice spelling the words that you are studying.
  • Sometimes when you are watching television, use the close caption option. Pay attention to how the words are spelled.

5.  Improve your knowledge of English Grammar. This will help you put the words into the correct order as you listen to them.

6. Practice makes perfect, right?

TOEFL Listening Dictation Practice Quizzes: 5-10 words (Easy)

First, get some paper and a pen. Second, write down each sentence you hear. Third, compare your sentence to answer.

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Listening Dictation Practice Quizzes: 11-19 words (Medium)

First, get some paper and a pen. Second, write down each sentence you hear. Third, compare your sentence to the answer.

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Listening Dictation Practice Quizzes: 20-29 words (Difficult)

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TOEFL Pronunciation Practice

 

Now that you have had extensive TOEFL listening dictation practice, you can also use this web page to practice your pronunciation. Simply, use these execises in reverse.  While listening to the script, click on “Answer,” read with the speaker:

  •  Pause in the same parts of the sentences as the native speaker.
  •  Like the native speaker, blend each thought group together.
  •  Use a rising tone at the end of each thought group except the last one in the sentence.
  •  For more practice, use my TOEFL Pronunciation Resources web page

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