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Quizicon: 100 Most Common English Words Quiz

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

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Computer, Internet access, projector

Activity Description

Use this Web site's 100 Most Common English Words Quiz as a warm-up or filler game with students at almost any level of English.


  1. Make sure that the Web site it not blocked at your school before using it with students.
  2. The quizzes require Java, so make sure that it is installed on the computer(s) you will be using.
  3. Practice doing the quiz yourself to experience how it works.


  1. Open the Example Web Site (above).
  2. Explain the game to students – they will race against the clock to see how many of the 100 most common words in the English language they can guess in five minutes.
  3. Select the Start button.
  4. Have students call out or come to the computer keyboard to type a word in the small text box in the top left of the screen.
  5. Press the Enter key on your keyboard. (If you have the Auto-Clear box checked, you do not need to press the Enter key.)
  6. If a word typed in is one of the 100 most frequently-used words in English, it will appear on the chart in its ranked position. If it is not one of the 100 most common English words, nothing will happen, and you will need to backspace to delete the word.
  7. Select the Stop button to see your score.
  8. Select the Reset button to do the race again.

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  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High
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  • Intermediate High
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