Vocabulary for Describing British Life- List Dictation
Lesson Plan Text
Vocabulary for Describing British Life
Without looking below for now, listen to your teacher until you are fairly sure which topic
you think all the words are about, then guess the topic.
Label the sections below with their topics, using the mixed list of topics if you need.
Check your answers as a class, asking about two or three words in each section as you
do so if you like (there are too many to ask about absolutely everything).
Useful phrases for checking/ clarifying
What does… mean?/ Does…mean…?
What exactly is…?
What’s the difference between… and…?
What does… stand for?
Is… the same as…?
Can you explain…?
I’m afraid I don’t understand…
Can you give me an example of…?
How would you translate…?
What’s the literal translation of…?/ What’s the word by word translation of…?
What’s the normal translation of…?
Take turns asking each other about the meaning of the language, using phrases like those
above. You can use the key words for checking/ clarifying phrases at the bottom to help if
you need to.
Play the same guessing categories game in pairs or small groups.
Useful phrases for correcting someone (politely)
“I can see why you might think that, but…”
“It could also be that, but…”
“I could have been that if I’d said…, but what I actually said was…”
Use similar language to that above to talk about things specific to other cultures.
Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016