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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  • Words that go together – part 1

    • Macmillan Essential Dictionary
    • Intermediate
    • author: Adrian Underhill

    When learning new words in English, it can help a great deal to know what words are regularly used with them (collocates). This e-lesson is designed to address this, being the first in a two-part lesson on collocation and using the dictionary to find ‘Words often used with …’ . Part 1 takes three commonly used words, and asks students to use the ‘Words often used with …’ boxes in their dictionaries to find the right collocates.

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


  • Media

    • Macmillan Essential Dictionary
    • Intermediate

    Television and newspapers are key elements of the culture of any country, providing news and information, as well as entertainment and education. Being able to speak fluently about these topics opens an important door of social interaction for learners of English, and this e-lesson is designed to help them do exactly that. A series of exercises tests their knowledge of vocabulary specific to television and that of newspapers, then asks them to put that vocabulary to use in practice conversations.

    Student's Worksheet 0.11mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.04mb 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


  • 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


  • Word formation

    • Macmillan Essential Dictionary
    • Intermediate
    • author: Adrian Underhill

    When learning a new language it’s often not enough just to know what a word means – real fluency lies in also understanding how that word came into being, and once the basic rules are understood, they can be applied time and time again. This e-lesson is designed to help students develop this skill, through activities exploring the use of prefixes, suffixes and the creation of compounds.

    Student's Worksheet 0.05mb 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


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