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English Exercises for Beginner / Elementary level



small white arrow Does / Is / Has A little dialog. You have to write the words " does ", " is " or "has". 
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Frequency Adverbs An easy crossword with frequency adverbs. The definitions are in French!
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Frequency mix 1 An easy mixed sentence with a frequency adverb (often)! 
Find the correct word order...
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Frequency mix 2 An easy mixed sentence with a frequency adverb (rarely)! 
Find the correct word order...
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Frequency mix 3 An easy mixed sentence with a frequency adverb (sometimes)! 
Find the correct word order...
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Frequency mix 4 An easy mixed sentence with a frequency adverb (never)! 
Find the correct word order...
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Frequency mix 5 An easy mixed sentence with a frequency adverb (usually)! 
Find the correct word order...
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Frequency mix 6 An easy mixed sentence with a frequency adverb (frequently)! 
Find the correct word order...
small white arrow Crossword 1 A little crossword for you.  Only six words to find! 
small white arrow Crossword 2 Another little crossword, with six more words. 
small white arrow Crossword 3  A crossword with PAST tenses. 
You must use the simple past tense of the verbs
small white arrow Adjectives - Opposites  You have TWO lists - put the opposite adjectives together! 
small white arrow The House An easy text with a multiple choice comprehension section. 
Be sure you do this exercise BEFORE the next one on this list!
small white arrow Mr Smith's House (OPEN questions) Do this exercise AFTER you do the one about The House!
small white arrow Button and Snowball This is another easy text about a dog called Button and a cat called Snowball. You can answer multiple choice questions about the text.
small white arrow Button and Snowball Here is the same easy text about a dog called Button and a cat called Snowball. In this exercise, you have to write the correct verb into the blanks.
small white arrow Cats and Dogs Here is an easy exercise. You have to match two parts. Half the question is in one part and half the question is in the other part.








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English Exercises for Elementary / Lower-Intermediate level



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Vocabulary Crossword Try this vocabulary crossword, for words in Headway Pre-Intermediate, Units 1 and 2
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A long Drive Fill in the blanks about a drive in Belize, Central America
small white arrow A Weather Report This is a weather report from the North of England. Depressing!
small white arrow Paris - Dakar:  This is a "longish" text with blanks about the Paris-Dakar rally. 
small white arrow Thomas Cook  Here is a fairly long text with blanks about Thomas Cook, the first man to organize Package Tours.

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English Exercises for Lower-Intermediate / Intermediate level



small white arrow Exploration A short cloze text about exploration. Why do people want to explore




Phonetic recognition

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Phonetic 1
Here is a short exercise to help you recognize phonetic symbols! All the words are taken from Unit 1 vocabulary of Headway Intermediate.




Grammar

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Make & Do (1)
These two verbs' first meaning is CONSTRUCT and ACT, but they have taken on other, more idiomatic meanings. You will need to learn the expressions as you go along.
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Make & Do (2)
This second exercise is more difficult than the first one. Once again, you will need to learn these expressions as you go along.




Irregular Verbs

small white arrow  Irregular verbs 1   Match the PAST PARTICIPLE with the other two forms! [This exercise has 35 items!]
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 Irregular verbs 2
Once again, match the PAST PARTICIPLE with the other two forms [This exercise only has 8 items]
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 Irregular verbs 3
In this exercise you will need to write in the SIMPLE PAST form and the PAST PARTICIPLE, to make sure you know them.
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 Irregular verbs 4
Here again, as in exercise 3, you have to write in the SIMPLE PAST form and the PAST PARTICIPLE.




Headway Intermediate Vocabulary

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Vocabulary for Unit 1  
Here is the vocabulary for Unit 1. I have not used the words that are similar to French words. The definitions are given in French for this unit.





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Grammar
Vocabulary
Literature
Short Stories
The Pearl
Glass Menagerie
Animal Farm
Phrasal Verbs
Reading

 

English Exercises for Intermediate / Upper Intermediate level
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Introduction to modals A short introduction to MODALS. Look at this before you do the exercises following!
small white arrow Modals 1 Type in the correct form of could , should, must, might and can't in the past tense in the spaces provided.
small white arrow Modals 2 Type in the correct form of could, would or might to complete the sentences.
small white arrow Reported Speech 1 Fill in the blanks with the correct tenses, according to the rules of Indirect Speech.
small white arrow Reported Speech 2 Complete the second sentence, making sure that the information is the same as that in the first sentence.
small white arrow Passive 1 An easy exercise in the passive - all you have to do is create a passive form for a variety of verbs - using the tense suggested.
small white arrow Passive 2 A more advanced exercise using the passive. You will have to take certain specified words and make them the subject of the sentence. Look carefully at the instructions before you start the exercise and - type carefully!
small white arrow Passive 3 One more exercise using the passive. For some of the sentences there is more than one passive to form. Look at the instructions carefully, and watch your typing!
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Passive 4
One last exercise (for the time being !) on the passive. Please watch your typing, and watch out for punctuation.
small white arrow Time Clauses 1 Complete this exercise on Time Clauses / Time Conjunctions [Write the correct time clause in the blank]
small white arrow Time Clauses 2 Complete this exercise on Time Clauses / Time Conjunctions [Write the verb in the correct tense]
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Relative Pronouns 1
You need to tick "yes" or "no" according to whether you think the relative pronoun can be left out or not.
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Relative Pronouns 2
Decide whether you need to use "who" - "whom" - "which" - "what" - or "0 = nothing".
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Relative Clauses 3
In this exercise you have to chose one of three options: "who" - "which" - "that"!
small white arrow Relative clauses 4 Fill in the blanks in this story about the man who eats paper!
small white arrow Conditional - exercise 1 A multiple-choice activity using contrasts between the First and Second Conditionals (the important point to remember is the difference between what exists in reality - 1, and what you can only see in your mind - 2)
small white arrow Conditional - exercise 2 More contrasts between the First and Second Conditionals. This time you have to fill in the blanks
small white arrow Conditional - exercise 3 Another, slightly more difficult activity, letting you contrast the Second and Third Conditionals. Fill in the blanks, once again.
small white arrow Conditional - exercise 4 In this activity you will have to produce complete sentences using the various conditionals. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully!
small white arrow Gerund / Infinitive This first exercise will help you to use the gerund in sentences.
small white arrow More Gerund / Infinitive This second exercise will let you practise using either the gerund or the infinitive.
small white arrow Yet more: Gerund / Infinitive This third (and slightly more difficult) exercise will allow you to practise more uses of the gerund and / or infinitive.
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(by Jeffrey Archer)
A crossword for you to do, with words from this short story.
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Text-sequencing
Clean-Sweep Ignatius
(by Jeffrey Archer)
You will see different small sections of the summary of this short story (Thank you, David Pardo!). Put the sentences into the correct order. You will need to think carefully about things such as "word order"!
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Text-reconstruction
Clean-Sweep Ignatius
(by Jeffrey Archer)
Using the same summary (adapted from David Pardo's summary - Thank you, David!), this time reconstruct the text. Type in one word and see how many times it appears in the text.
small white arrow The Landlady
(Roald Dahl)
A crossword for you to do, with words from this short story.
small white arrow A Shadow
(R.K. Narayan)
A crossword for you to do, with words from the semantic field of this short story.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Scene 1
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Scene 2
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Scene 3
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Scene 4
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Scene 5
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Scene 6
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Scene 7
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
small white arrow The Glass Menagerie
(a Text reconstruction)
Conclusion
In this activity, you will be asked to " guess" the words in a text. The text is a summary of the scene indicated on the left, so it helps if you have a copy of the play with you, even though you cannot just copy the words.
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The Pearl - Crossword # 1
Here is a crossword with words from chapter 2. Be sure to have your copy of the book with you when you do this crossword!
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Animal Farm (1) A matching exercise to make sure you know the historical allusions in the allegory of Animal Farm .
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Animal Farm (2) A short-answer activity with questions about the historical characters who are represented in the novel AnimalFarm .
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Animal Farm (3) A matching activity to make sure you can see what created event - in Animal Farm - corresponds to a real event in history.
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Animal Farm (Vocabulary) In this exercise you will be able to practise the use of vocabulary that you need to explain elements in the book AnimalFarm .
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Who said this?
Animal Farm (chpts 1 -3)
A matching activity. Match the quotation with the character who said the words. 
Chapters 1 - 3
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Who said this? 
Animal Farm (chpts 4 -6)
A matching activity. Match the quotation with the character who said the words. 
Chapters 4 - 6
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Who said this?
Animal Farm (chpts 7 -10)
A matching activity. Match the quotation with the character who said the words. 
Chapters  7 - 10
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Literary Terms Here is an exercise with the Literary Terms you are supposed to be able to use during your oral exams!
small white arrow   Using Prefixes to make Antonyms We can use prefixes to give words the opposite meanings and make antonyms. This crossword will give you practice with prefixes.
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More Prefixes and Antonyms In this crossword, you can practise with some of the same words - and others - making antonyms with prefixes!
small white arrow   First 50 Phrasal Verbs
Test-like activity - Series One
This activity (with break- call- do - get- give ) will allow you to practise the same type of answers you will have to give during the test. There are two sentences, one with the synonyms for the Phrasal Verbs, and one with a blank, for you to write in the correct Phrasal Verbs from our list. 
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Test-like activity - Series Two
This activity ( with go- look- make - put- take ) will allow you to practise the same type of answers you will have to give during the test. There are two sentences, one with the synonyms for the Phrasal Verbs, and one with a blank, for you to write in the correct Phrasal Verbs from our list. 
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[break, call, do & get ]
Here you have a multiple choice exercise with the first four of the "First Fifty Phrasal Verbs" by Independent Software in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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[give, go & look]
Another multiple choice exercise with the next three verbs from the "First Fifty Phrasal Verbs" by Independent Software in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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[make, put and take]
This is the last multiple choice exercise with the last three verbs from the "First Fifty Phrasal Verbs" by Independent Software in Lucerne.

Phrasal Verbs A crossword - you need to find a verb to replace a Phrasal Verb. 
For more information on the Phrasal Verb, click here .

Another crossword
for Phrasal Verbs
Here is a crossword with some of the verbs from the First Fifty Phrasal Verbs. You will see the verb-particle combination, and you have to find the longer English synonym.
small white arrow The Venus Fly Trap This is a text about two women and one carnivorous plant. There is a glossary included.
small white arrow The Blue Room This is a text (with multiple-choice comprehension questions) about two cousins in a video arcade, on a cold, windy day. 
small white arrow The Himalayan Village Here you have a fairly difficult text to read (about a woman who tries to improve conditions in a Himalayan village), along with a summary in which you have to fill in the blanks. There is a glossary included.
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The Corpse A rather gruesome (horrible) story about one couple's honeymoon in Las Vegas. There is a glossary included.





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Vocabulary
Grammar  New!
Literature
FrielLessing MorrisonRhys -
Shakespeare - Vonnegut
Rhetorical terms
Reading

 

English Exercises for Upper-Intermediate / Advanced level

 
small white arrow   Pairs of words (1)  Certain words have a certain attraction for each other, and are often used in partnership. Find the pairs that go together in this exercise. . .
small white arrow   Pairs of words (2) Certain words have a certain attraction for each other, and are often used in partnership. Find the pairs that go together in this exercise. . .
   
  SAT Revision  
small white arrow   Adjectives 1  The six exercises shown on the left partially cover the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) vocabulary section in the Language portion of the exam. The exercises are simple  MATCHING activities; you have to find the definition for the words shown from a list   of  30 definitions. Each exercise covers 30 adjectives. 

More to come. . .

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  Grammar  
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Verbs and Prepositions (1)
An exercise for you to make sure you know which prepositions go with certain verbs.
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Verbs and Prepositions (2)
There were rather a lot of prepositions to learn, so here is another exercise, much like the previous one.
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Adjectives and Prepositions (1)
There was also a list for adjectives and prepositions - you can test yourself here.
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Adjectives and Prepositions (2)
Here are a few more from that same list. Revise, or learn them here.
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Article 1 (easy)
This is the first of a series of exercises on the ARTICLE. Choose A - AN - THE - SOME and 0 (ZERO)
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Article 2 ( easy)
This is the second of a series of exercises on the ARTICLE. Choose A - AN - THE - SOME and 0 (ZERO)
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Article 3 (intermediate)
This is the third of a series of exercises on the ARTICLE. Choose A - AN - THE - SOME and 0 (ZERO)
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Conjunctions  1 [Contrast] A short exercise using the link-word (contrasting conjuction) - although
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Conjunctions  2 [Contrast] Another short exercise using more contrasting link-words 
[but - while /whilst / whereas - (al)though - however - even though ].
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Conjunctions 3 [Contrast] Even more contrasting link-words 
[yet - still - nevertheless - nonetheless - all the same - whatever - however]
     
Toni Morrison
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Characters in The Bluest Eye (ex. 1) This is a drag-and-drop matching exercise on The Bluest Eye, with some of the main characters and their descriptions.
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Characters in The Bluest Eye (ex. 2) Here is another drag-and-drop matching exercise on The Bluest Eye, this time with some of the secondary characters.

Doris Lessing

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The Fifth Child
A crossword with the names of the characters in the novel The Fifth Child (by Doris Lessing)



 
Brian Friel

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Web-safari
Brian Friel's Life and Work
[HTML version]
Here is a "paper-web-quest" for you to fill in - on Brian Friel, the playwright who wrote Philadelphia, Here I Come , Translations,   Dancing at Lughnasa , and many other titles. You will first of all need to download a MicroSoft Word document called Friel.doc , with the questions you need to answer. Be sure to fill in your name in the header! [To do that, just click twice where your name should go, and fill it in, then save your file on your desktop.]. The HTML version that you also find here is not as easy to work with as the paper version!



 
Jean Rhys
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Web-safari 
Jean Rhys' Life and Work
[HTML version]
Here is a "paper-web-quest" for you to fill in - on Jean Rhys, the author of The Wide Sargasso Sea , and the collection of short stories called Tigers Are Better Looking , among other titles. You will first of all need to download a MicroSoft Word document called Rhys.doc , with the questions for you to answer. Be sure to fill in your name in the header! [To do that, just click twice where your name should go, and fill it in, then save the document on your desktop! ] You will need to read certain pages carefully to find the answers to the questions.



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Jean Rhys - Biography (part I)
Here is part ONE of a short biography of Jean Rhys. You have to put the sections of the text into the correct order, by clicking on the letter corresponding to the section of the text you want  to place. Good luck!
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Jean Rhys - Biography (part II)
This is part TWO of a short biography of Jean Rhys. You have to put the sections of the text into the correct order, by clicking on the letter corresponding to the section of the text you want  to place. Good luck!
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Jean Rhys - Biography (part III)
Finally, here is part THREE of a short biography of Jean Rhys. You have to put the sections of the text into the correct order, by clicking on the letter corresponding to the section of the text you want  to place. Good luck!




Shakespeare
small white arrow Juliet (Act III, Scene 2) This is a cloze (fill-in-the-blanks) activity with the monologue which some of you have chosen to learn. It is Juliet waiting for Romeo to come and spend their wedding night with her.
small white arrow Juliet's speech (Part 1)
Act III, Scene 2)
This time you have a matching exercise with the first part of the speech quoted above. 
Please do this one before you do part 2! 







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Act III, Scene 2)
And here you have the second part of the speech started in the exercise above

 

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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The Lie
Here is a crossword with words taken from this short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., from the collection Welcome to the Monkey House.




Rhetorical & 
Literary Terms

small white arrow Figures and Tropes Here is an exercise to help you remember the Figures and Tropes that I asked you to learn. Don't forget that these are applicable to the study of (almost) any literature in (almost) any language!
small white arrow Literary Terms Here is another exercise, but this time for the Literary Terms you are supposed to be able to use during your oral exams!

 

Both of the following
 use the same text, but in a different way. Be sure to do them in the same order.
small white arrow The Chink A reading comprehension text about a young Japanese-American's experiences during World War II. Please do this exercise FIRST !


 
small white arrow The Chink A LONG (and fairly difficult) cloze (fill-in-the-blank) exercise about the experiences of a young man of Japanese extraction during World War Two. 
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Clark Junior High School This text tells you about the sad situation in a school in a black neighbourhood in St. Louis, Missouri. Read the text and answer the questions.




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Last edited on: 30.12.2008   - Using Nvu
This web page was written by Lilliam Hurst
Teacher of English and Literature at Collège Claparede
CALL Facilitator at the CPTIC  - previously known as Centre EAO, CIP [Centre Informatique Pédagogique] , currently known as SEM [Service Ecoles et Média]