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British and American English

This activity is designed to be used when teaching or practising the difference between British and American English vocabulary.

The two passages are the same but the vocabulary is different depending on where the speaker is from. This activity could be exploited in a number of ways.

Procedure 1

  • Give out the worksheets and ask learners to complete the gaps with appropriate vocabulary.
  • Sts listen to the teacher to check.

Procedure 2

  • Put the clues/definitions on the walls around the room. To make this easier you could also add the words to walls and use it as a matching activity.
  • Learners walk around and complete worksheet 2 with two words in American and British English.
  • Give out the gapped text.
  • Learners complete the text with the appropriate word.
  • Teacher reads, learners listen and check.

Procedure 3

  • Put the clues/definitions on the walls around the room. To make this easier you could also add the words to walls and use it as a matching activity.
  • Learners walk around and complete worksheet 2 with two words in American and British English.
  • Teacher checks.
  • Teacher reads the gapped text and elicits answers from the learners.
  • Give out worksheet and learners complete to provide a written record.


Written by Derek Spafford, British Council Thailand

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Loraine Qureshi's picture
Loraine Qureshi

The quote that is used next to the image of an American man dressed in a purple shirt from NY is incorrect. You are using California slang (the west coast surfer dude) in the example for children to read. I am from NY and we do not use this type of words in our speech.

Derek Spafford's picture
Derek Spafford
TE Team

Hi Loraine
Many thanks for your feedback.
Actually Chad was born and raised in NY by his mother and father who are both from California. Chad has two older brothers and two older sisters who also speak in this way hence the Californian slang.
I hope this clears up the confusion
Del