Drawing dictations

Drawing dictations are a great way to practise vocabulary and to find out how well the students in your class listen to you.

Jo Budden

You can make the dictation as easy or difficult as you like, depending on the level of the group and you can use drawing dictations to revise vocabulary you've studied in class in a fun way.


  • If you've been studying food, dictate instructions for your students to draw a fridge, with the door open, and a range of different food items inside.
  • Keep the language simple and concise.
  • For higher levels, have a picture in front of you and describe it to the class. See who, at the end, has the most similar picture to the original. Students can take turns in giving the dictation too.
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