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Dictionary skills


At Higher Grade you are allowed to use a dictionary in the Reading and the Writing Papers. This is of great use to you, but you must be able to use a dictionary effectively. This Revision Bite will give you tips on how to use a dictionary effectively in the Reading Paper.

Using your dictionary - The basics

First of all, you need to know your dictionary well. If possible, use the same dictionary or dictionaries all the time so you know how to find your way around them.

Some people have a mental block about alphabetical order. Don't worry if this sounds like you. Write the alphabet on a bookmark. You can then keep it in your class jotter or dictionary and refer to it. Before long alphabetical order should be second nature to you. Remember that the English alphabet has 26 letters and the Gaelic alphabet has 18 letters.

Gaelic alphabet


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