B2 · B2 word formation · Upper intermediate B2 word formation · Word formation

Word formation activity: Personality and behaviour vocabulary

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 · 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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