Writing and Spelling Terms Quiz

A TEFL quiz for TEFL teachers

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests your understanding of terms in the TEFL Glossary that are related to writing and spelling.

1. In written English, which must begin on a new line?

a question
a sentence
a paragraph
a) a question b) a sentence c) a paragraph

2. What do we call two words that sound the same but differ in meaning and/or spelling?

false friends
a) false friends b) homophones c) phonemes

3. Dictation practice is a teaching method where learners attempt to ________ a text as it's being read aloud.

write down
a) restate b) reword c) write down

4. The term for shortening two written words into one with the use of an apostrophe is

a) contraction it b) collocation c) inflection

5. A story written from the point of view of one of the characters is written in the _____ person.

a) first b) second c) third

6. A story written from the point of view of someone who isn't one of the characters is in the _____ person.

a) first b) second c) third

7. A teaching method in which learners practise writing skills together in a creative and open ended way is called

interactive writing
open learning
a) brainstorming b) interactive writing c) open learning

8. A list of items that can be separated by commas in a written sentence is called

a chunk
a series
a module
a) a chunk b) a series c) a module

9. If someone writes color, center and theater, which form of spelling are they using?

American spelling
British spelling
Standard spelling
a) American spelling b) British spelling c) Standard spelling

10. Words from different languages that look similar but have different meanings are called

false friends
a) false friends b) cognates c) antonyms

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