Learning links

These web sites offer a range of stimulating articles and activities relating to words and language.

English Language Reference

Word games

  • Etymologic Calling itself the “toughest word game on the web,” in this game you’re presented with randomly selected word origin or word definition puzzles to solve.

Sites for teachers

  • Teachit Online library of free English teaching resources.
  • British Library Learning Resources Explore the “Dictionaries and Meaning” section – leaf through the history of English dictionaries, from the 1500s to the present day, and examine how words change their meaning over time.
  • How Do You Mean? Multimedia resources and games for Key Stage 3 level.


  • Dictionary facts Discover all sorts of facts about the OED—from the amount of ink used to print the 20-volume second edition to the longest entry in the Dictionary.
  • Dictionary contributors Find out what J.R.R. Tolkien did for a living before he wrote the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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