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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  • The big ‘three’. Expressions with get, go and take

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

    Get, go and take are three of the most commonly used verbs in the English language, appearing not just on their own, but also in conjunction with a vast number of other words, in the form of phrases, phrasal verbs and idioms. This e-lesson invites student to think about which combinations are correct in particular contexts, and to practise using them in their own spoken and written English.

    Student's Worksheet 0.07mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.06mb Download


  • Using the guide words to find words quickly

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

    When you open the Macmillan English Dictionary on any page, you will see that there are two guide words at the top. These are the first and last entries to appear on the page and they can be a great help to your students in finding words quickly. The activities on the worksheet are designed to give students practice to help them to become quick and confident at finding the words they need. At the same time, it will allow them to practise their pronunciation of the alphabet in English.

    Student's Worksheet 0.11mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.09mb Download


  • Making use of red words and black words

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

    When you open the Macmillan English Dictionary, you will see that some of the headwords are shown in red, while most appear in black. The red ones are the 7,500 most frequently used words in the English language. These red words make up an average of around 90% of all written and spoken text. The activities on this worksheet are designed to help students understand the red word/black word distinction, and make the best use of it. In particular, the worksheet will help students to make decisions about the importance of different words, allowing them to choose which to use in a given context, and which words they will find it most useful to learn.

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


  • Finding the correct entry

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

    Some words in the Macmillan English Dictionary have more than one entry. This may be because the word belongs to several different word classes, or because it is spelt in the same way for different meanings and pronunciations. The dictionary shows these words in separate entries with small numbers. The activities on this worksheet are designed to help students navigate the different meanings and uses of these words, in order to find the ones they need, quickly and confidently.

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


  • Working with texts – Merry Christmas!

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

    One of the best ways to practise and develop English language skills is to explore a longer piece of text. In this worksheet we provide a fascinating insight into the history of Christmas, from the idea of Epiphany to the tradition of the Christmas tree. The text asks students to explore the vocabulary they have seen and consider other contexts in which they might find it, using their dictionaries as a guide.

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


  • Finding your way around longer entries

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

    Many of the most frequently used words in English have several different meanings, and it can sometimes be difficult to find the one you need in the dictionary. The Macmillan English Dictionary provides menu boxes that help learners quickly identify the meaning they are looking for, as well as guiding them to more detailed information on the meaning in the main text. This e-lesson gets students using these menu boxes, through a series of short exercises perfect for home study or classroom use.

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


  • Girl talk – it’s all in the genes

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

    Research shows that girls develop language ability more quickly than boys during their early years. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson looks at why that might be the case, considering both genetic and environmental factors. It goes on to look at some of the many words and phrases in English that are associated with conversation.

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


  • Goodbye to hi and hey to catch ya

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

    As electronic communication has increasingly taken over from more traditional methods of keeping in touch, the language we use has also changed, particularly our greetings and farewells. This Macmillan English Dictionary e-lesson features an article looking at these new expressions and how they have made their way into common parlance. It goes on to explore some of the more idiomatic vocabulary in the text.

    Student's Worksheet 0.07mb Download
    Teacher's Notes 0.06mb Download


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