British English vs. American English ESL Games and Worksheets


British or American?

ESL British vs. American English Games - Vocabulary: Categorising, Matching - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here are two engaging British English vs. American English games to help students distinguish between British and American vocabulary. First, in pairs, students sort British English words and American English words into their respective groups by taking turns turning over one vocabulary card and placing it under the correct heading. For each correctly categorised word, pairs score one point. Afterwards, pairs match each British word to its American equivalent, placing the two cards next to each other in the two categories. Pairs score one additional point for each correct match. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins. Students then move on to play a game where they test their partner on the vocabulary. Students turn over each pair of matching cards and place them face-down on the table. Students then take it in turns to choose a pair, turn over one of the cards and ask the question, 'What's another way to say 'candy'?' The other student then says the equivalent British or American word. If the student's answer is correct, they win and keep the cards. If not, the cards are placed face-down to be used again. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins.
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British vs. American English

ESL British vs. American English Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Gap-fill, Word search, Matching, Binary Choice - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free British English vs. American English worksheet, students practice common British English words and their American English equivalents. First, students complete sentences with British English words from a box. Students then find American English words in a word search that have the same meanings as the British English words and match each American word to the sentence that contains the British word with the same meaning. Next, students complete sentences with words from a box and match each sentence with one on the left that contains the word with the same meaning. After that, students read the sentences on the left and right and write A next to the sentences that contain an American English word and B next to the sentences that contain a British English word. Lastly, students complete sentences with the correct word from each word pair.
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