This is an activity for C1 students to practise word formation. Students change verbs into adjectives and create sentences true for BOTH them and their partner. The words for this exercise have been taken from the CAE exams (Reading and Use of English part 3) and they are examples of words my students tend to struggle with.
Time: 45 minutes
- To practise word formation.
- To create statements that are true for all the students working in pairs or small groups.
- Worksheet CAE examination. Beat frustration with thorough preparation, one per student.
- Hand out a Worksheet CAE examination? Beat frustration with thorough preparation to each student.
- Individually, students use the words in the left-hand column to form adjectives, e.g. to avoid: (un) avoidable. Encourage students to provide examples of both negative and positive adjectives.
- When the students have finished, they compare their answers with a classmate.
- Monitor and check answers as a class.
- In their pairs, students now write sentences that are true for BOTH them and their classmate which guarantees plenty of discussion and recycling of vocabulary,g. Student A: I think the view out of our classroom window is outstanding? Student B: You must be kidding; the only outstanding thing about it is the lack of litter on the floor, unlike everywhere else in the city. The students continue until they find something they both agree is outstanding.
- When the students have finished, ask them to share the most interesting statements they came up with.
- In pairs, students underline the common adjective suffixes, e.g. -able, etc. and come up with more examples of adjectives with the same suffixes.