Here are some tools you can suggest to students to practice outside of class:
- http://www.agendaweb.org/listening/dictations.html - a 'storyboard' type of activity. The user sees a text where all the letters have been replaced with an 'asterisk', and have to listen to a dictation and build up the text by typing in the words that occur. Nice automatic checking of spelling.
- http://www.learnenglish.de/dictationpage.htm - this is the 'old fashioned' web page. There is an MP3 that you can listen to, and then attempt to write on paper what you hear. To check, there is a link to see the tapescript.
- http://www.englishclub.com/listening/dictations-s-questions.htm - similar to the site above, but the encourage a process of listening at regular pace, then a slow pace, before attempting to write what was heard. Checking is visual, by HIDE/SHOW of the transcript.
- http://www.fonetiks.org/dictations/ - this site also guides students through a process and multiple listenings before checking the final dictation. Again, checking is visual on screen not done by the computer.
- http://www.listen-and-write.com/ - this last site uses real news videos as the input. Requires a login to use, but the account is free. Has several modes of dictation to allow for accuracy and fluency. Suited for more advanced levels.