Dictionary skills for secondary students

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: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/ and http://www.macmillandictionary.com/
  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
All the materials on these pages are free for you to download and copy for educational use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place these materials on any other web site without written permission from the BBC and British Council. If you have any questions about the use of these materials please email us at:teachingenglish@britishcouncil.org

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Submitted by Ivy de Siqueira on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 02:35


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!

Submitted by R4NTM on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 01:04


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.

Submitted by Lena Sigrid on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 20:00


Hi, 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. Please check back soon Best wishes Del

Submitted by vanycris on Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:07


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