Mastering GCSE dictation – French

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Mastering GCSE dictation – French
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Teaching pack

This GCSE French teaching pack is designed to improve key stage 3 and key stage 4 students’ dictation skills. It will prepare learners to successfully transcribe what they hear in French in order to assist them with the dictation question of the new GCSE listening exam.

What's included?

The 26-page pack consists of four stages to help teachers scaffold dictation activities – from phoneme/grapheme level to sentence level without support – in preparation for the 2024 specification of the GCSE exam.

Each stage showcases three detailed dictation exercises or games that gradually build in difficulty – with aims, instructions and, for the first three stages, further exploitation ideas.

A PowerPoint accompanies each of the four stages, and a fifth PowerPoint concentrates on exam practice questions in the style of the AQA and Edexcel dictation tasks. The PowerPoints in the second zipped folder include audio recordings by native French speakers.

The pack also includes a section with ideas on how to use digital technology to give students practice in dictation.

About the writers

The activities in this pack have been written for Teachit by well-known languages teachers and trainers Suzi Bewell and Esmeralda Salgado. Suzi has over 23 years' experience, is a SSAT Lead Practitioner for languages and also runs her own educational consultancy. Esmeralda has taught languages for over 20 years and was a 2022 Silver Award winner in the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

What's inside?


Stage 1: Low challenge – high support

  • Activity 1: Sound–spelling bingo dictation
  • Activity 2: Sound–spelling dictation mosaic
  • Activity 3: Sound–syllable dictation mosaic – building words from syllables
  • Extra activities and ideas

Stage 2: Medium challenge – medium support

  • Activity 1: Running dictation
  • Activity 2: Back-to-back dictation
  • Activity 3: Mad dictation
  • Extra activities and ideas

Stage 3: High challenge – low support

  • Activity 1: Scaffolded dictation at sentence level
  • Activity 2: Segmented dictation
  • Activity 3: High fives
  • Extra activities and ideas

Stage 4: High challenge – no support

  • Activity 1: Mistaken dictation
  • Activity 2: Finish the sentence
  • Activity 3: True/False photos

Exam-style dictation tasks

Digital tools for dictation

One of the dictation activities from this pack:

Complete the words.

  1. M f n r j l i.
  2. J’a a a c a m a.
  3. J n’a p l t d r d s.
  4. A f, e a v s a p.
  5. N n’a p l f d’h.
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