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Dictionary skills for secondary students

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


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.

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Language level
Language Level: 
Pre-intermediate: A2