I had been wondering whether homeschoolers use dictée. Turns out they do.
Fwiw, many classical homeschoolers do dictee. (Writing with Skill, the writing program by Susan Wise Bauer of Well Trained Mind fame emphasizes it, for instance.)
But it’s more for training kids to hold larger and larger chunks of information in memory.
I do a version of this with my freshmen students. I’ll post an example later. In my case the idea is to help them absorb the phrase-and-clause structure of formal prose. I ask them to write the sentence chunk-by-chunk instead of word-by-word.
I wonder whether dictée exercises are common in foreign language classes.
French L2 classes use dictée. At least, French classes do here in France. I don’t know about French classes in the U.S.
Ed learned French in France, and one of the standard classroom exercises was to listen to a sentence on a filmstrip, then write it from memory. He said it was incredibly hard to do, and incredibly useful, too.
Speaking of, I did my first dictée today.