Word Formation- List Dictation Game
Lesson Plan Text
Word Formation List Dictation Game
Prefixes, suffixes and Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Use of English Part Three
Listen to your teacher say some words and guess which prefix or suffix they all take. You
must guess exactly the prefix or suffix on your teacher’s sheet, even if other answers
could be correct. If your guess is wrong, you must wait to guess again until other people
have guessed and/ or your teacher has read out other hints just for the other people.
Play the same game in groups of three, four or five students, with different pages for
different students. Choose one of the groups of words from the worksheet that your
teacher gives you and read words from the left side (before the /) until someone guesses
what prefix or suffix they can all take, starting with the most difficult hints to guess from.
They must guess exactly the beginning or ending that is there, even when other things
would be correct. They can only guess once per hint, and if their guess is wrong then they
must wait until others have had a chance to guess. Note that spelling and other changes
are sometimes necessary.
Optional: When they have guessed the starting or ending, see if they can guess other
words made the same way from the same list. Again, they must get exactly what is there.
Guess in the same way with the hints that your partner reads out. Then do the same for
other groups of words.
Ask about any words or affixes which you are not sure about.
Read out just one left-hand word and see if your partner can guess (exactly) the other
form that is on the worksheet.
Read out two forms of one word and see how many others from the same group the other
people can think of.
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