I don’t recall taking any dictation in school to improve my English writing. However, I loved the challenge of dictées in French classes. For fellow linguistic nerds who are quite fluent already, with café et croissant at hand, have some fun with short but challenging dictées:
My time zone makes it difficult to join the contest for real. I just avert my eyes from the published answer (already there when I open my computer in the morning) and go for the Dictée of the day. After I compare answers, I make sure to delve into the next tweets that reveal “traps” (which I likely fell into). Bound to improve my listening and writing skills!
At the same time, you will discover Projet Voltaire, which I am just starting to explore.