Great Dictations
Great Dictations

Great Dictations

A Listening/Speaking Text for High Beginners and Low Intermediate ESL Students



144 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $37.99)

Publication Date: January 2015

ISBN 9780866473644

Price: $28.00


Great Dictations is includes high-interest articles featuring four types of dictation: partial dictation, pair, dictogloss, and prediction. These activities improve students’ listening and speaking skills, as well as reading and writing skills. Topics include provocative news items and information from the Internet.

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Author Biography

Catherine Sadow, co-author (along with Judy DeFilippo) of Great Dictations, taught at Northeastern University for 24 years has co--authored of 7 ESL books. Students from beginning to advanced levels often told her that "listening" was the most difficult problem for them in trying to speak English. With that challenge in mind, from 1987 ("Talk Radio") to 2015 ("Great Dictations") Catherine created effective and interesting listening activities which resulted in books for all levels.

Catherine began her ESL career at Brookline, MA Adult Education while completing an MA in TESL at Boston University. Although officially retired, she continues to teach ESL classes as a volunteer in Brookline to adults studying English.