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

British and American English - activities
Author: 
Derek Spafford

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.
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