Great Dictations is intended to improve the listening and speaking skills of ESL Students. Reading and writing skills are also reinforced, along with attention to vocabulary and grammar. This text provides a wide variety of dictations topics, including provocative news items and information from the internet. The units are designed to stand along so that teaches can pick and choose which dictations meet the needs, interests, and level of the students. Each unit begins with a short introduction that provides a background and context for the dictation–followed by a short list of vocabulary items whose meanings are central to the dictation. The list also provides a chance to hear the teacher pronounce these important vocabulary items.