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Spelling: Proofreading challenge

Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Extra

A warmer to practise correcting spelling and punctuation.


  • Give the students a text with a number of proofreading mistakes (incorrect spelling, punctuation, etc). Tell the students they have five minutes to read through the text and highlight as many mistakes as they can.
  • Afterwards, each team takes it in turn to call out the errors they have spotted (for which they would get one mark) and the correction (for which they would get a second mark).
  • Continue until all the errors have been spotted and corrected. The team with the most points at the end wins.
  • In addition to being suitable for all levels of Cambridge exams (Use of English), you can use the students own work for peer correction.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Hi LoPriDu,

    Thanks for your feedback. With this warmer exercise, the teacher should provide a text of their choice which means they can include mistakes which are relevant to the level that they are teaching.

    Hope that helps.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • Where is the exercise?

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  • Twould be nice if I could find the resource - all I get is the comment!

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