E-lessons Archive

Solid dictionary skills are a crucial element of successful English-language learning, and these dictionary e-lessons are designed to help you pass on these skills to your students. In each e-lesson we offer full teaching notes and photocopiable worksheets on key elements of dictionaries, ranging from simple tasks like using guide words, to more detailed discussion about metaphor, idioms and phrases.

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  • Maritime idioms

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate

    If your students have ever wondered about the origins of phrases like ‘miss the boat’ and ‘on an even keel’ and asked how to use them properly, this e-lesson will come in very handy. It looks at the many English idioms connected with ships and the sea. Background notes explain how some of these terms developed, and students are then asked to correctly identify which idioms to use in a series of different sentences.

    Student's Worksheet 0.1mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.1mb Download


  • Get it right! (Part 2)

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate

    Certain topics always present difficulties for learners of English – things like register, word patterns and prepositions. This e-lesson completes a two-part look at the ‘Get it right’ boxes in the Macmillan English Dictionary which help students anticipate and correct mistakes in these and other areas. In the lesson, you will look at problems associated with register, countability / uncountability, and frequently confused words, asking students to consider sample sentences, identify the mistakes and correct them.

    Student's Worksheet 0.13mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.12mb Download


  • Dosh is UK’s favourite

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Jon Hird

    The seemingly endless supply of euphemistic terms for money in English can easily trip up the learner, who may have no idea what a conversation on bread or brass is really about. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson helps them to avoid embarrassment, explaining many of these weird and wonderful terms, and introducing common colloquial phrases about the stuff that ‘makes the world go round’.

    Student's Worksheet 0.06mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.05mb Download


  • Getting the right stress in English words

    • Macmillan Essential Dictionary
    • Intermediate
    • author: Adrian Underhill

    One of the keys to sounding fluent in English lies in getting the stress right – placing slightly more emphasis on one part of a word (one syllable) than on all the rest. This e-lesson asks students to work out how many syllables different words have, and to identify where the stress should fall, using the ‘stress markers’ in the Macmillan Essential Dictionary to help them.

    Student's Worksheet 0.07mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.05mb Download


  • Orange is it

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Jon Hird

    Different colours can make us think and feel in very different ways. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson considers how big companies use colour to encourage us to choose their products over their competitors’. It goes on to look at some of the many words and phrases in English that are associated with, or use, colour.

    Student's Worksheet 0.08mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.06mb Download


  • Where do new words come from?

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Jon Hird

    There are many different ways for a new word to enter the English language, from compounding and borrowing to shortening and reassigning meaning. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson features an article on how new words come into being, and presents a selection of common words and phrases whose origins students may not previously have understood.

    Student's Worksheet 0.08mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.05mb Download


  • Organizing new vocabulary

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Caroline Krantz

    Research shows that most people can only remember about 60% of new words an hour after learning them and the following day they can only remember about 25%. One way to improve vocabulary recall is to record new words and expressions in an organized and memorable way.

    Student's Worksheet 0.07mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.07mb Download


  • The world’s funniest joke

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Jon Hird

    Different cultures find different things funny, meaning that the same joke won’t work in all countries, even if it is correctly translated. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson features an article on research to find which joke crosses these boundaries most effectively. After reading and understanding the text, students must then consider its vocabulary and grammar in more detail.

    Student's Worksheet 0.06mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.05mb Download


  • Finding correct prepositions and verb forms

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate
    • author: Adrian Underhill

    Learning prepositions is a challenge in any language, and English is no exception. Couple that with the difficulty of knowing when to use the infinitive of a verb, and when to use the –ing form and it’s easy to see why learners find English difficult. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson helps address these problems, guiding students to information on prepositions in their dictionaries, then asking them to identify both the correct preposition and the correct verb form for a series of example sentences.

     

    Student's Worksheet 0.09mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.05mb Download


  • Get it right! (Part 1)

    • Macmillan English Dictionary
    • Upper Intermediate

    Certain topics always present difficulties for learners of English – things like register, word patterns, countability and uncountability and frequently confused words. This e-lesson begins a two-part look at the ‘Get it right’ boxes in the Macmillan English Dictionary which help students anticipate and correct mistakes in these and other areas. In the lesson, you will look at problems associated with spelling, prepositions and word patterns, asking students to consider sample sentences, identify the mistakes and correct them.

    Student's Worksheet 0.14mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.13mb Download


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