Mobile devices or laptops with internet access
Beginner to Intermediate
1. Divide students into pairs or small groups.
2. Each group will work on the same sets of words. Students should discuss these words with each other, then use online dictionaries to support their ideas. Some online dictionaries which are suitable for learners include Macmillan Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary.
Example sets of words:
children / kids
educate / teach
surprised / astonished
slip / slide / skid
famous / notorious / well-known
A. This could also be given as homework if online access is not available in the classroom.
B. Students may require pre-teaching to supply vocabulary for explaining subtle differences between synonyms.
Adapted from Ur, P. (2012) Vocabulary Activities. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 162-163.