Dictionaries and indexes

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Why use dictionaries and indexes?

Use alphabetical order to look up words quickly in dictionaries and indexes.

Quick tips for tutors

Dictionaries and indexes includes:

  • Practice in sorting information into alphabetical order.
  • How to use a dictionary.
  • How to use an index and contents pages.


What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland. A useful qualification for many jobs.

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