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How New Words are Created



How New Words are Created


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 lesson plan pdf 80k

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

  • Seven exercises exploring the way new words are formed

    Download worksheets pdf 69k

    For more information about this topic you can visit these BBC sites:

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/youmeus/lingo/index.shtml
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv337.shtml


    Paul Kaye, British Council, Syria


    Link to original article.


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