This lesson is for teenage students and develops students reading and dictionary skills.

Katherine Bilsborough


In this fun and engaging lesson plan for teenage students, you will find a quiz to help your learners develop their reading and dictionary skills, as well as a series of enjoyable and challenging tasks designed to promote group work and learner autonomy.

Topic: Using dictionaries

Level: A2 - B2


  • To develop students’ dictionary skills
  • To raise students’ awareness of the information they can find in a dictionary
  • To develop students’ skills of prediction when they come across new vocabulary
  • To encourage group collaboration in project work
  • To promote creativity.

Age group: Secondary / teenagers

Time: 60 minutes +


  1. Class dictionaries or online dictionary. Cambridge and Macmillan both have online dictionaries: and
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Dictionary quiz
  4. Answer key
  5. Dictionary quiz template
  6. Appendix A (text)

The plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment and save it on your computer.

Copyright - please read
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Find out more about techniques to help learners develop their vocabulary skills in our teacher development module Engaging with vocabulary – recording and recycling.



Hello Katherine,

I must say I love your classes. They are both inspirational and motivating. Thank you so much for sahring your great work!

Greetings from Brazil!

Hello Katherine thanks a lot for sharing this lesson plan, it's really useful for me to teach my kids at home.

Big hugs from Indonesia.

Is there a server issue these days? The lesson plan for this and another resource is unavailable.
It looks like a good lesson, though.

All the best, from Norway :)

Hi Lena

Thanks for the comment. We are experiencing some issues as you say and the team is looking into it.

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Best wishes


I like all the resources from this is easier for me to handle my lesson because everything are detailed and have some worksheets for every topics.Thank you...All the best.)

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