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Commonly confused words 2

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Language

  • 55 min
  • In class
  • Vocabulary
  • B1
  • B2


Learning goals

  • Understand differences within ten sets of commonly confused English words
  • Use the correct words in sentences, rather than commonly confused alternatives

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Recognize examples of the words being used correctly and incorrectly
  • Answer questions about the differences between the words
  • Choose the correct words to complete sentences
  • Create original sentences highlighting differences between the words
  • Play a word association game using commonly confused words

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Activities (9)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

This lesson deals with some commonly confused words that students will have encountered. It follows the same structure as previously published lesson Commonly confused words.

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of commonly confused words.

Encourage students to guess. The purpose of this activity is to generate discussion. It is not important if students get the answers wrong.

Once the activity is complete, have students discuss the reasons why certain sentences are incorrect.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Discuss the questions about commonly confused words in English.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses when choosing appropriate English vocabulary.

Commonly confused words are pairs or groups of words look or sound similar to each other, but have different meanings. The differences between these words are sometimes so unclear that native speakers can often use the wrong word in their spoken or written language.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and answer the questions in Main ideas.Read the reference material ‘Some commonly confused words’. Then decide whether the statements are ‘True’ or ‘False’.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the lesson's key language.

Once students have finished reading ‘Some commonly confused words’, have them answer the questions without referring back to the reference material.

 

Practice 1

Practice 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Choose the best words to complete the sentences.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise the key language from the Language activity in a controlled way.

 

Practice 2

Practice 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the sentences, using words from the list of commonly confused words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise the key language from the Language activity in a freer way.

 

Practice 3

Practice 3

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise forming sentences with the key language from the Language activity.

The sentences that result from this activity may have to be unusual or unnatural sounding, but should be amusing and memorable for students.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to extend the lesson’s topic to highlight more commonly confused words.

Students think about other common words in English that they often confuse or misspell, and play a game to test their classmates on them.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to review and practise using a new word that students learned during the lesson.

 
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