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Dictation is inherent in the French educaitonal regime. French is a complicated language when it comes to tenses, punctuation, and contractions. Add to that the fact that so many sounds are suppressed, omitted, or incredibly subtle in spoken French. For example, in most tenses there are 6 conjugations, but only 2 or 3 actually are pronounced differently (but they are spelled differently). And you get the fact that taking dictation in French is exceedingly challenging. And so it is used as a way of teaching/testing language comprehension.
I don't recall ever doing dictation all through my schooling (1980's and 90's)Is that not a common thing in the US? I was in the Netherlands grades 4-7, and dictation was part of the usual line up along with tests and pop quizzes, be it in Dutch, French, or English. Kind of a test of spelling, grammar, listening skills and processing speed all in one. I've never seen a mass dictation event like that before, but it seems kind of akin to a spelling bee, but everyone at the same time.
The curriculum has changed since those days. I was in public school at the same time as you and they would not let guys take typing class we had to take drafting and shop. On the other side they would not let girls take shop they had to take typing and home economics (cooking and sewing).Me neither. 50's and 60's. Catholic schools. In those grades we were diagramming sentences. Talk about useless.
Yikes! Taking typing was one of the most useful things I did in HS.The curriculum has changed since those days. I was in public school at the same time as you and they would not let guys take typing class we had to take drafting and shop. On the other side they would not let girls take shop they had to take typing and home economics (cooking and sewing).
I graduated from HS in 87. Literally within a few years--before I graduated from college--typing suddenly became a fundamental skill for professionals.Loved typing class in the late 60's. That was where all the girls were.
Can't say that I learned a lot about typing though.