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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  • Friends and relationships

    • Macmillan Essential Dictionary
    • Intermediate
    • author: Jon Hird

    Talking about friends and relationships requires knowledge of a specific type of vocabulary; using phrases like ‘close friends’, ‘circle of friends’ and ‘acquaintances’ all help speakers to sound more fluent and accomplished in English. This e-lesson is designed to help students discover and practise this vocabulary, through a series of exercises based on a short text.

    Student's Worksheet 0.05mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.04mb Download


  • Metaphor and new technology

    • Macmillan Essential Dictionary
    • Intermediate

    The growth of computer technology has led to an explosion of new words and phrases describing the many new objects and activities that have become commonplace in our modern lives. Most of these new words have been produced metaphorically. The aim of this e-lesson is to familiarize students with these new words and phrases, and encourage them to think about where they may have come from.

    Student's Worksheet 0.05mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.04mb Download


  • Finding your way around in the dictionary

    • Macmillan Essential Dictionary
    • Intermediate
    • author: Adrian Underhill

    Many words in English have more than one meaning, and belong to more than one word class. The aim of this lesson is to prepare students for situations where their dictionary work brings them into contact with two or more occurrences of the same headword, in two or more different word classes. The exercises on the worksheet will help students to distinguish between the different meanings and word classes, and make better use of the dictionary entry.

    Student's Worksheet 0.12mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.04mb 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Working with texts – Marmalade comes home

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

    One of the best ways to practise and develop English language skills is to explore a longer piece of text. In this e-lesson, we provide an excellent chance to do just that, with a fun piece about a wayward moggy who turns up on his owner’s doorstep a decade after disappearing. The lesson asks students to explore the vocabulary they have read in the text and consider other contexts in which they might find it, using their dictionaries as a guide.

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


  • Learning collocations

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

    A key element of developing fluency in English, is learning which words regularly go together, and being able to use them in the correct context. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson helps students do exactly that, by asking them to familiarize themselves with the dictionary’s ‘collocations’ boxes, and encouraging them to take full advantage of the information these boxes provide.

    Student's Worksheet 0.08mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.09mb Download


  • Idioms

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

    A key element of developing fluency in English is beginning to use expressions and idioms, the meaning of which cannot generally be guessed simply by looking at the component words. The Macmillan English Dictionary provides the word order, usage and meaning of idiomatic expressions to help students understand and memorize them, and this e-lesson offers a chance to practise their skills.

    Student's Worksheet 0.08mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.07mb Download


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