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BBC Skillswise English: Parts of Speech

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Activity Description

In this unit on parts of speech (word types), students learn about nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and connectives. This unit is divided into 3 levels (titled Entry 1 & 2, Entry 3, and Level 1) and downloadable/printable fact sheets and worksheets are provided for each lesson and level. An online and printable quiz is provided for each level as well.


  1. Review the materials contained in each level (under "Start learning") and select the levels that are appropriate for your students.
  2. Review and print the video transcript(s), fact sheets and worksheets for those levels.
  3. Be sure to check that your students can access the quizzes from their computers (Java script must be enabled and Flash must be installed).
  4. Download and print quiz questions if the online quiz is not accessible.


  1. Introduce the topic and write "Word Types" as a heading on the board. Ask students if they can identify the various word types. Help them by writing "noun" under the heading.
  2. Show the one-minute video [www] and discuss how adding adjectives to a personal profile improves the writing (it makes it more descriptive). You can use the transcript in the example document above.
  3. Distribute copies of the fact sheets  and worksheets for the level you are teaching. 
  4. Have students work on the worksheets in pairs or small groups and review the answers as a class.

Teacher Tips

  • This is a resource of the BBC and uses British English. Preview to make sure your students can understand and be prepared to explain differences in spelling and vocabulary.
  • Print the transcript of the video in the example doc above to help students with the British Accent.

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This site offers a short video, fact sheets, worksheets. Download the PDFs and use as an in-class activity.



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