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V.1 - Lexical Range (general)

Word of the day: Smell

Average: 4.6 (14 votes)

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This joke is based on two uses of the word smell.

Smell can be used to describe something that has a bad or unpleasant odour:

Just Chillax - New English Words

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

Last week we looked at how the English language is constantly evolving and new words are added to the dictionary every year.

Here are some more words that have been added in recent years; some of which are frequently used as well as some that you cannot believe have made it into mainstream language! Can you match the words to their meanings?

Upper Intermediate Reading - Illegal Downloading

Average: 3.6 (8 votes)

Satire: Witty language to convey insults or scorn. It's a way of criticising people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play which uses this style.

A while ago I posted a lesson based on a satirical article about Facebook. Here's another one, for your amusement, about illegal downloading! Read the article and try and complete the gaps with the correct words. Right, I’m off to listen to Spotify...
Lesson by Caroline Devane

Word of the day: horn

Average: 3.4 (9 votes)

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This month's joke is based on two meanings of the word, horn.

horn - A hard, pointed, often curved part that grows from the top of the head of some animals like cows, goats and rhinos. In the cartoon, the cow has two horns on its head.

Advanced Level Reading - Greenland

Average: 3 (7 votes)

Climate change is a huge issue, and in Greenland they are feeling the effects. This article is about the many changes that Greenland is experiencing and also gives the reader an insight into the local culture. There is a lot of rich vocabulary some beautiful imagery. See if you can decide which word fits in which gap and then let me know if there is any other vocabulary in the article which you would like explained.
Lesson by Caroline

The 7 Wonders of the World

Average: 3.9 (14 votes)

There are so many amazing places to see in the world and some day, I would love to visit the seven man made wonders. In this lesson, I have removed some key vocabulary from the text. All you need to do is complete the gaps. When you’re finished, please tell me two things.
Lesson by Caroline

1. What sight do you think should be made a ‘wonder’?
2. Which of these wonders is your favourite?

Culture Shock - Upper Intermediate Vocabulary

Average: 3.6 (11 votes)

When you are studying English abroad, you are likely to find yourself mixing with lots of different cultures. Therefore, I thought it’d be useful to give you some vocabulary related to culture to help you start interesting conversations. Just match the word to its definition. Good luck!
Lesson by Caroline

1. Value
Example: "The government believes in family values."

Advanced Reading and Vocabulary: 5 Child Prodigies

Average: 3.5 (11 votes)

As I get older, I become more and more depressed with the minute amount I have achieved in my life, particularly when compared to people such as these.

This is an article about 5 child prodigies, but there are some words missing.

I have supplied the words and their meanings.

All you have to do is put them in the correct gaps.

Good luck!
Lesson by Caroline Devane

Elementary Birthday Vocabulary

Average: 3.1 (11 votes)

This year I had a lovely time on my birthday. I was taken for lunch by my Mum, fed cake by my flatmate and then went out to party the night away! The next day a few of my friends took me for a huge English breakfast. It was wonderful!
Lesson by Caroline

There’s quite a lot of birthday specific vocabulary. Can you work out which word fits in which sentence?

Vocabulary definition match

Average: 2.9 (9 votes)

Here’s a really inspiring article about the Kenyan athlete, Mo Farah. I have highlighted some key vocabulary and then written the definition of each highlighted word. All you need to do is match the word to its definition.
Lesson by Caroline