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A lot of more advanced level books teach seemingly unconnected lists of words together, and it's often hard to think of a way to engage students with the topic. This is one way which I've found to be successful, with connected or unconnected groups of words.


Unconnected Words Example

Give students 6 - 16 words (on the board, or better still on cards so they can move them around). The example below is from a proficiency book.


characteristictypical
adepthopeless
exemptaccustomed
indicativedependent

Students discuss which word ...

Obviously you can add/remove from this list as appropriate.


Connected Words Example

The same activity works even better with a connected list of words. This is a discussion I always do with lessons on animals.


dogcatmousedolphin
waspspidersharkcrocodile
snakehorsebatbudgie
tortoiseeaglefrogmonkey

Which animal ...


For a connected list, you can minimise preparation by getting students to write the words on the cards themselves - either from your dictation or them brainstorming.


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