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Onestopenglish has teamed up with Macmillan Dictionary, the free English Dictionary and Thesaurus, to bring you a host of exciting features and practical classroom resources. Search the full Macmillan Dictionary database direct from any page on onestopenglish, or make use of the free BuzzWord lesson plans written by language experts Tim Bowen and Kerry Maxwell. Find out more here.

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BuzzWord worksheets on onestopenglish

Macmillan English Dictionary Online

If you’re bewildered by the latest lingo in the media, don’t worry – help is at hand! The weekly BuzzWord on www.macmillandictionary.com may not be a word you’ll find in any dictionary, and it’s not always a brand new term either – it may be a new way of using an existing word (toxic), or a new way of putting a few words together (lipstick on a pig). Whatever the reason for its present popularity, the BuzzWord is a word that is current and in sudden or increasing use – it might not stay around forever, but it’s worth knowing what it means and how people are using it today.

Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord lesson plans

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: chick noir

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on chick noir in class. Student worksheets include comprehension activities, vocabulary-building activities and a focus on two-word expressions.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: pop-up

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on pop-up in class. Student worksheets include comprehension activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on phrasal verbs.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: iceberg home

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on iceberg home in class. Student worksheets include comprehension activities, an exercise on houses and homes, and ice idioms.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: click farm

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on click farm in class. Student worksheets include comprehension activities, an exercise on collocations and a focus on phrasal verbs.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: gamification

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on gamification in class. Student worksheets include comprehension activities, an exercise on collocations and a focus on words and phrases.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: anecdata

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on anecdata in class. Student worksheets include comprehension activities, vocabulary-building exercises and an activity on anecdotes.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: zonkey

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on zonkey in class. Student worksheets include comprehension activities, vocabulary-building exercises and an activity on idioms.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: chainwatch

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on chainwatch in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, verb and noun collocations and an exercise on expressions with prepositions.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: new words in 2013

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord articles on fracking, bagel and sharent in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on homographs.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: coatigan

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on coatigan in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on blends.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: rewilding

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on rewilding in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises, verb and noun collocations and forming nouns with the prefix re.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: flash fiction

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on flash fiction in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and suggestions for a class role-play activity.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: digital wildfire

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on digital wildfire in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on metaphors.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: selfie

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on selfie in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises, and a focus on verb and noun collocations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: Bitcoin

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord author Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on Bitcoin in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on word formation.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: hate-watching

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on hate-watching in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises, and a focus on verb and noun collocations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: ecocide

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on ecocide in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on verb and noun collocations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: e-read

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on e-read in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on phrasal verbs and word formation.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: OH

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on OH in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on abbreviations in electronic communication.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: small-plate

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on small-plate in class. Student worksheet includes reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on idiomatic expressions.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: medal, chillax, drug driving

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell giving tips and suggestions for using three of the most popular BuzzWord articles of 2012 – medalchillax and drug driving – in class. Student worksheets include reading activities and exercises on word blends and compounds.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: hat tip

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on hat tip in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on verb and noun collocations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: overvote

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on overvote in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on antonyms and prefixes.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: m-learning

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on m-learning in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on verb and noun collocations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: irisin

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on irisin in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on verb and noun collocations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: legacy

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on legacy in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on verb and noun collocations and phrasal verbs.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: Zumba

    Author: Kerry Maxwell Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on Zumba in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on synonyms and trademarks.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: Li-Fi

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on Li-Fi in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on expressions with light and abbreviations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: fomo

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on fomo in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on conditionals and abbreviations.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: Winterval

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on Winterval in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, word-formation and vocabulary-building exercises.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: swine flu

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on swine flu in class. Student worksheets include reading activities and exercises on word-formation and plurals.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: phantonym

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on phantonym in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on word formation and, specifically, blends.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: overparenting

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on overparenting in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on verb/noun collocations and adjectives.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: NEET

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on NEET in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on abbreviations and homophones.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: vuvuzela, umami, tweetup

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell giving tips and suggestions for using three of the most popular BuzzWord articles of 2010 – umami, vuvuzela and tweetup – in class. Student worksheets include reading activities and exercises on loan words and phrasal verbs.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: debaptism

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord author Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on debaptismin class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on word formation.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: showmance

    Author: Tim Bowen

    A lesson plan by Tim Bowen, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on showmance in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on word blends, verb/noun collocations and adjectives.

  • Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord: tiger mother

    Author: Kerry Maxwell

    A lesson plan by Kerry Maxwell, giving tips and suggestions for using the BuzzWord article on tiger mother in class. Student worksheets include reading activities, vocabulary-building exercises and a focus on UK / US words and metaphors.

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