Vocabulary Exercises:
Types of Organizations

These vocabulary exercises (gapfills, and an Odd One Out exercise on the Governments and NGOs companion page) provide several ways to practice the Academic Word List (AWL) vocabulary in English Detctive 13, as well as review some other AWL and general words.

Gapfill Vocabulary Exercises: Organizations

silhouettes of people under a roof with a caption: an organization: people working together
silhouettes of people under a roof with a caption: an organization: people working together

There are several paragraphs discussing types of organizations (and some related word meanings). Choose the best word from the vocabulary at the top of the exercise to fill in the gaps (spaces). (You can click on the question mark to get a hint-- the first letter of the word. However, it will reduce your score.)

If you would prefer to do these vocabulary exercises from a pdf, click here. (Right click to download.)

The first two paragraphs are done as a demonstration:


founded, promote

People form organizations for many purposes: to do business, to spend time with like-minded people, to share interests or promote a cause or even try to change the world. In the U.S. and many other countries, non-profit organizations, also called NGOs (non-governmental organizations) fill an important place.

They are usually founded and run by ordinary citizens who see a problem or opportunity in their society that they want to help with. They meet many needs that governments cannot meet (or don’t meet so well.)

adapt, circumstances, contrast, contribute, crucial, flexible, 
institute, institutionalize, institutions,  priority, solely, welfare

They provide opportunities for civic-minded people to to their society and to take action on the problems that seem to them, even if the society or government is not ready to make those issues a .

NGOs can also be more than governments. They can to changing or respond quickly to passing opportunities since they do not have to wait for political or bureaucratic approval before taking any action.

There are many types of non-profit organizations, some concerned or principally with one issue and others with a broader focus. There are educational, artistic, philanthropic, environmental, and social associations. There are organizations devoted to almost any imaginable sphere of interest.

In to many of the smaller non-profit organizations, are major organizations like banks, universities, and hospitals. (The word has several other meanings, including a society’s most important traditions.) To someone is to put them into a mental hospital where they can be closely supervised. To a new procedure is to set it up and establish it.

To do a second, related gapfill on the relationships between governments and NGOs as well as an Odd One Out category game), go to More Vocabulary Exercises.

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