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Word formation related to personality and behaviour

How would you describe your best friend? Would you say he or she is kind? Does this person always treat people with great kindness? Does your friend always behave kindly in all the majority of situations? And have you ever seen this person be unkind? Here we’ve used the word kind, which is an adjective in different ways, as a noun, as an adverb and even with a negative prefix. To achieve a good level of English, you’ll have to be pretty good at noticing how a word is used or the type of word you will need to complete a sentence. You’ll also need to have a good knowledge on the use of prefixes and suffixes in order to change words from one class to another or even give them a negative meaning. The bad news is that there are quite a few rules and also quite a few exceptions to these rules, but the good news is that through practice, you’ll eventually achieve a reasonable degree of skill for this type of activity.

Every now and then, I’ll try to place some activities on the blog to cover this part of learning English. Please don’t leave this type of content until the day before your exams, as it is only through practice that word formation samples ‘will stick’.

Here’s an activity related to words that we could use to describe people’s characters and they way in which they behave.

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B2 word formation

B2 Word formation ‘Balconing’

I wish I hadn’t got a hateful tendency to pick out horrible scraps of news for some of our activities. What I would really like is to always be in a very positive mood and only mention the very beautiful things related to my home island. But I just guess that part of my blog will be devoted to some of the things that would welcome a change such as the extremely dangerous practice (not to mention suicidal and stupid) of Balconing,  that is becoming more and more popular among some young tourists that visit the island of Mallorca.  This is a word formation activity adapted from Euroweekly.

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B2 Strange laws from around the world

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Hello! Do you like travelling? Have you ever got yourself into a mess due to that you were ignorant of a particular law or regulation from a country you were visiting? To tell you the truth, this activity was suggested to me by one of my workmates and I was really surprised to find out that things such as,  allowing your donkey to have a nap in the bathtub in Oklahoma or passing wind after 6 pm in Florida, actually means breaking the law. I suppose none of these things are on anybody’s mind when planning a holiday,  but just in case, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to check on some foreign laws, just to be on the safe side. 😉

This is a vocabulary and grammar activity that I have adapted from a text from dailymail.co.uk  (thank you dailymail! ), that aims for some Use of English practice. If you enjoy it, feedback is very welcome.

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B2 word formation · writing

B2 Writing a report

cropped-writing_workshop1.pngHello again! We’ve just finished first term tests and we’re already planning and working hard towards the final certificate examinations. One of the writing genres that we will be doing is a ‘report’. A report has a very specific format that students often confuse with essays. However it has little to do with the latter even though both have some features in common such as, the use of formal language and passives,  just to mention a couple of examples. Here are some important tips for this writing model which I hope you will find useful. As usual, I have used a special and fun format to give this information. After the introduction, you’ll find a link to an activity quiz related to reports.

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