Centre for Applied Linguistics & Language Education

Activity: The Thousand Words

The Thousand words is an excellent vocabulary building and refresher activity for classroom and homework use.  It provides a listing of the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language ranked by frequency.  It’s an easy filler exercise for the classroom and works at most levels.

If you use this file please leave us a comment about it.

thousand words

August 7, 2009 - Posted by | Teacher Resources |


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    Comment by Mr WordPress | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. This is an essential list for the ESL/EFL/TEFL (or whatever you want to call it) teacher. So many lessons can be built around it to get students talking.

    Does anyone know of similar lists for other languages?

    Thanks for sharing this. I’d like to share it with my readers on my blog and will try to link.

    Comment by Teviot | November 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Teviot!

      Thanks for visiting the site. You can find such lists for most languages and actually the words are generally very similar from language to language. For instance ‘the’ is the most common word in English while ‘der, die, & das’ are the three most common words in German (the German equivalent to ‘the’).

      Just google “most common words (and whatever language)”

      Comment by Drew Ward | November 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. me podrian brindar la solucionde esta actividad

    Comment by 1002957393 | May 5, 2016 | Reply

  4. It’s very useful PDF . I use these words for my students. Thanks CALLE

    Comment by Jk patil | September 13, 2016 | Reply

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