Regular users of the Macmillan Dictionary will be familiar with the red / black words feature (if you’re not familiar with it, take a look at the entry for freeze, and the one for billionaire, and you’ll notice that the colour of the word itself varies, and there’s an explanation of ‘red words’ at the top right of the entry). We use the red and black colour coding to indicate the frequency with which different words are used in everyday language. Exploring this feature can be a good way to help students learn more about a word.
So here’s an e-lesson that you can use in class to encourage students to investigate dictionary entries more fully. You’ll need up to 45 minutes to do the whole lesson, though it’s broken down into handy chunks for you, if you don’t have that much time available.
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