How new words are created

Paul Kaye, British Council, Syria

Level - intermediate and above

This lesson looks at how new words are created in English. It encourages learners to analyse words they already know and to understand more about meaning from form. It also encourages them to experiment with new words and possible meanings - an important skill in manipulating language.

Plan components

Lesson Plan: - guide for teacher on procedure including answers to tasks.

Download plan >> pdf 71k

Worksheets: - exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • Seven exercise exploring the way new words are formed

Download worksheets >> pdf 62k

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