ETA
Making Things Better for You!
Patrick Hafenstein November 2010
Macmillan English Dictionary Challenge
Making Things Better for You!
Agenda
•6 Rounds
•Each Round begins with some interesting information.
•Each Round will expl...
Making Things Better for You!
Round 1
Find Meanings of Words Quickly
How many different meanings are
there for the word ‘return’?
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Let’s count them!
Return
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What number was the meaning for
‘key on computer’?
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A.A. NoNo returnsreturns are allowed on sale item.are allowed on sale item.
B.B. I’d like tw...
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A.A. A good command of English will give you aA good command of English will give you a
comp...
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Round 2
Which words are important?
there are about
1,000,000 words in
the English
language?
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Did you know…
a native speaker
knows about
40,000 words?
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Did you
know…
The top 2500
most
frequently
used words
make up 80%
of all
conversations
Making Things Better for You!
Did you know…
to pass IELTS or
TOEFL you need to
know the top 5000
words and to
sound fluent you
need to know the
top 7500 words?
Making...
What is the goal of language
learners?
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RED
BLACK
Top 2500
most frequently used words
2501 – ...
Which are NOT red words in the
following passage?
Snowy forests increase
warming. Planting trees
in snowy areas may
worsen...
Snowy forests increase
warming. Planting trees
in snowy areas may
worsen global warming
as their canopies absorb sunlight ...
Snowy forests increase
warming. Planting trees
in snowy areas may
worsen global warming
as their canopies absorb sunlight ...
A. E-commerce
B. Elder
C. Economic
D. Edition
E. Elaborate
Making Things Better for You!
Round 3
How can I sound natural?
“If you want to sound natural, you need to learn
lexical chunks and collocations.”
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1.There has been _____ progress in the field of
biotechnology.
a)fast
b)rapid
c)speedy
d)swift
Making Things Better for Yo...
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Which words DO NOT commonly go together?
A. Economic…
• Growth
• Recovery
• Downturn
• Decrease
B. …effect
• Large
• Major...
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Round 4
How can I get higher test
scores?
• Sophisticated vocabulary
The view is good
The view is breathtaking
How can I get better scores for Speaking and Writing?...
Are you hungry? EAT, EAT, EAT
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a.Eat a small meal when you
don’t have much time.
b.Eat noisil...
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Round 5
How can I be more accurate?
Making Things Better for You!
Super Search
A good egg informal
old-fashioned
a good or reliable
person
Which of these words/phrases is…?
A.Being humorous
B. Showing disapproval
C.South African English
D.Informal
E. Spoken Eng...
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Round 6
How can I be EVEN more
accurate?
Making Things Better for You!
A Quick TOEIC test (Part V)
1. Computer sales increased ___
USD$1,000,000.
a) of
b) in
c) fo...
1. 100 ‘Get it right’ boxes which deal with
frequent errors.
2. Special sections on improving writing skills.
3. Exercises...
True of False? If false, what is the
correct answer?
A. A long period of
economical growth. (p470)
B. There is an organiza...
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ANSWER TIME!!!
So why is vocab so difficult to learn?
Making Things Better for You!
A.A. A good command of English will give you aA good ...
A. E-commerce
B. Elder
C. Economic
D. Edition
E. Elaborate
No
Stars
Which words DO NOT commonly go together?
A. Economic…
• Growth
• Recovery
• Downturn
• Decrease
B. …effect
• Large
• Major...
Are you hungry?
Making Things Better for You!
a.Eat a small meal when you
don’t have much time.
b.Eat noisily & enthusiast...
Which of these words/phrases is…?
A.Being humorous
B. Showing disapproval
C.South African English
D.Informal
E. Spoken Eng...
True of False? If false, what is the
correct answer?
A. A long period of economical growth
B. There is an organization who...
English-English Dictionary Summary
1) Using ‘quick find’ menus, you can find the right
meaning easily.
2) The red/black wo...
Any Questions?
Making Things Better for You!
Free Online Dictionary
www.macmillandictionary.com
Or ask me later…
patrickha...
www.macmillandictionaries.com
MED Magazine
Worksheets
Competitions
Games
and much more…
MED
Challenge
Answer Key
Round 1
• 4
• 1
• 3
Round 2
• No
• 1
• 3
• 2
• 2
Round 3
• Decrease
• Large
• Invention
Round 4
•...
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MED
Challenge
Answer
Sheet
Round 1
(Write numbers)
•
•
•
Round 2
(write numbers)
•
•
•
•
•
R...
True of False? If false, what is the
correct answer? A. 鍋貼 in English is
‘dumpling’.
B. 豬血糕 in English is ‘pig
blood cake’...
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  • These are example questions for the students to practice first – I usually do this as a class activity
  • This is the competition. I usually give them 2 minutes to match these statements with the menu in the dictionary
  • I usually give the students 1 minute to find how many stars are needed for these words
  • Quote from Scott Thornbury How to teach vocabulary
  • Tell them about the tricks of toeic and how sometimes the grammar and the meaning maybe the same but the collocations is needed.
  • I usually give them 2 minutes to find which word does not collocate in the following groups
  • Let the students know that for speaking and writing exams examiners would like them to use more sophisticated vocabulary and not just simple and common words if they wanna get a high score and that in the listening and reading sections, exam writers will often use parallel expressions to trick students.
    I then show them happy in the cd-rom so that they can see there are 98 ways of saying happy from the thesaurus and then even more ways by clicking on metaphor
  • I give them 2 minutes to find the word eat and then match the phrases to the meaning
  • Let students know that next to words, they often have the style of word or the subject area so obviously if the style of word is old-fashioned then they may not want to learn it. I then use the super search function to show them how to search for style of words, region, subject area, etc.
    CDROM
    Advanced search – style “Showing disapproval” (229 words)
    Region – british (27 words)
  • Match the phrases in red to the style of word.
    *** Top 2500 most frequently used words
    ** 2501 – 5000 most frequently used words
    * 5001 – 7500 most frequently used words
  • Let students get confused by the range of prepositions for increase and then show them how the get it right sections help them avoid mistakes that other language learners have made before them.
  • Give students 2-3 minutes to answer these questions
  • Collect answer sheets, while assistants are correcting, you can go through the answers with the students and do the summary
  • If you have any special offers or discounts you can mention these now and then do the awards ceremony
  • RECAP: Red words are divided by a star system to give further guidance to learners about word frequency.
    *** Top 2500 most frequently used words
    ** 2501 – 5000 most frequently used words
    * 5001 – 7500 most frequently used words
  • MED ETA challenge

    1. 1. ETA Making Things Better for You! Patrick Hafenstein November 2010 Macmillan English Dictionary Challenge
    2. 2. Making Things Better for You! Agenda •6 Rounds •Each Round begins with some interesting information. •Each Round will explain the rules and give you an example. •You have one minute to answer the questions of each round. •You can get a big discount!!!
    3. 3. Making Things Better for You! Round 1 Find Meanings of Words Quickly
    4. 4. How many different meanings are there for the word ‘return’? Making Things Better for You! Let’s count them!
    5. 5. Return Making Things Better for You!
    6. 6. What number was the meaning for ‘key on computer’? Making Things Better for You!
    7. 7. Making Things Better for You! A.A. NoNo returnsreturns are allowed on sale item.are allowed on sale item. B.B. I’d like twoI’d like two returnsreturns to London, please.to London, please. C.C. We may get aWe may get a returnreturn of 10% on our investment.of 10% on our investment. D.D. Have you filed your taxHave you filed your tax returnreturn yet?yet? E.E. He had met Olivia after hisHe had met Olivia after his returnreturn from India.from India. F.F. EarlyEarly returnsreturns show that the he is in the lead.show that the he is in the lead. return2 /.rΙ’tзrn./ noun return2 /.rΙ’tзrn./ noun  return2 /.rΙ’tзrn./ noun  1 when you go/come back 2 of activity/condition 3 sending etc. sth back 4 profit on money invested 5 ticket. 6 results of election 7 official form 8 key on computer 9 hitting ball back + PHRASES 1 45 3 7 6
    8. 8. Making Things Better for You! A.A. A good command of English will give you aA good command of English will give you a competitivecompetitive edgeedge when entering thewhen entering the workforce.workforce. B.B. She cut herself on theShe cut herself on the edgeedge of the table.of the table. C.C.TheThe edgeedge to his voice upset her very much.to his voice upset her very much. EDGE Pg 471
    9. 9. Making Things Better for You! Round 2 Which words are important?
    10. 10. there are about 1,000,000 words in the English language? Making Things Better for You! Did you know…
    11. 11. a native speaker knows about 40,000 words? Making Things Better for You! Did you know…
    12. 12. The top 2500 most frequently used words make up 80% of all conversations Making Things Better for You! Did you know…
    13. 13. to pass IELTS or TOEFL you need to know the top 5000 words and to sound fluent you need to know the top 7500 words? Making Things Better for You! Did you know…
    14. 14. What is the goal of language learners? Making Things Better for You! RED BLACK Top 2500 most frequently used words 2501 – 5000 most frequently used words 5001 – 7500 most frequently used words tall /adj sandwich /noun hobby /noun
    15. 15. Which are NOT red words in the following passage? Snowy forests increase warming. Planting trees in snowy areas may worsen global warming as their canopies absorb sunlight which would otherwise be reflected by the snow, a study says. Scientists have long argued that planting and preserving forests helps reduce global warming because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to oxygen. Trees also assimilate water from the ground, helping to form clouds that shield the earth from sunlight. Source: BBC Online
    16. 16. Snowy forests increase warming. Planting trees in snowy areas may worsen global warming as their canopies absorb sunlight which would otherwise be reflected by the snow, a study says. Scientists have long argued that planting and preserving forests helps reduce global warming because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to oxygen. Trees also assimilate water from the ground, helping to form clouds that shield the earth from sunlight. Source: BBC Online
    17. 17. Snowy forests increase warming. Planting trees in snowy areas may worsen global warming as their canopies absorb sunlight which would otherwise be reflected by the snow, a study says. Scientists have long argued that planting and preserving forests helps reduce global warming because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to oxygen. Trees also assimilate water from the ground, helping to form clouds that shield the earth from sunlight. Source: BBC Online 2500 5000 7500 Not red
    18. 18. A. E-commerce B. Elder C. Economic D. Edition E. Elaborate
    19. 19. Making Things Better for You! Round 3 How can I sound natural?
    20. 20. “If you want to sound natural, you need to learn lexical chunks and collocations.” Making Things Better for You!
    21. 21. 1.There has been _____ progress in the field of biotechnology. a)fast b)rapid c)speedy d)swift Making Things Better for You! A Quick TOEIC test (Part V) 500
    22. 22. Making Things Better for You!
    23. 23. Which words DO NOT commonly go together? A. Economic… • Growth • Recovery • Downturn • Decrease B. …effect • Large • Major • Significant • Serious C. Effective… • Way • Invention • Strategy • Deterrent
    24. 24. Making Things Better for You! Round 4 How can I get higher test scores?
    25. 25. • Sophisticated vocabulary The view is good The view is breathtaking How can I get better scores for Speaking and Writing? How can I get a better score in Listening and Reading? • Parallel Expressions Sunset Dusk Happy
    26. 26. Are you hungry? EAT, EAT, EAT Making Things Better for You! a.Eat a small meal when you don’t have much time. b.Eat noisily & enthusiastically. c.Take very small bites from your food. d.Use teeth to break up food slowly in mouth. e.Eat so much that you feel ill. A. Stuff yourself B. Grab a bite C. Munch D. Chew E. Nibble
    27. 27. Making Things Better for You! Round 5 How can I be more accurate?
    28. 28. Making Things Better for You! Super Search A good egg informal old-fashioned a good or reliable person
    29. 29. Which of these words/phrases is…? A.Being humorous B. Showing disapproval C.South African English D.Informal E. Spoken English • Easy does it • Eat like a horse • Eina • Egotistical • I can’t even boil an egg Making Things Better for You!
    30. 30. Making Things Better for You! Round 6 How can I be EVEN more accurate?
    31. 31. Making Things Better for You! A Quick TOEIC test (Part V) 1. Computer sales increased ___ USD$1,000,000. a) of b) in c) for d) to 2. Computer sales increased ___ 35%. a) of b) in c) by d) to 3. There was a dramatic increase ____ 35%. a) of b) in c) by d) to 4. There was an increase ____ computer sales. a) of b) in c) by d) to
    32. 32. 1. 100 ‘Get it right’ boxes which deal with frequent errors. 2. Special sections on improving writing skills. 3. Exercises to consolidate Outcomes Making Things Better for You! Frequency charts
    33. 33. True of False? If false, what is the correct answer? A. A long period of economical growth. (p470) B. There is an organization who’s role is to keep peace. (IW46) C. The pollution makes it hard to breathe. (IW46) Making Things Better for You!
    34. 34. Making Things Better for You! ANSWER TIME!!!
    35. 35. So why is vocab so difficult to learn? Making Things Better for You! A.A. A good command of English will give you aA good command of English will give you a competitivecompetitive edgeedge when entering thewhen entering the workforce.workforce. B.B. She cut herself on theShe cut herself on the edgeedge of the table.of the table. C.C.TheThe edgeedge to his voice upset her very much.to his voice upset her very much. 4 1 3
    36. 36. A. E-commerce B. Elder C. Economic D. Edition E. Elaborate No Stars
    37. 37. Which words DO NOT commonly go together? A. Economic… • Growth • Recovery • Downturn • Decrease B. …effect • Large • Major • Significant • Serious C. Effective… • Way • Invention • Strategy • Deterrent
    38. 38. Are you hungry? Making Things Better for You! a.Eat a small meal when you don’t have much time. b.Eat noisily & enthusiastically. c.Take very small bites from your food. d.Use teeth to break up food slowly in mouth. e.Eat so much that you feel ill. A. Stuff yourself B. Grab a bite C. Munch D. Chew E. Nibble
    39. 39. Which of these words/phrases is…? A.Being humorous B. Showing disapproval C.South African English D.Informal E. Spoken English • Easy does it • Eat like a horse • Eina • Egotistical • I can’t even boil an egg Making Things Better for You!
    40. 40. True of False? If false, what is the correct answer? A. A long period of economical growth B. There is an organization who’s role is to keep peace. C. The pollution makes it hard to breathe Making Things Better for You! F F T
    41. 41. English-English Dictionary Summary 1) Using ‘quick find’ menus, you can find the right meaning easily. 2) The red/black words and stars let you know which words are important; 2500 for intermediate level, 5000 to pass TOEFL/IELTS, 7500 to sound like a native speaker. 3) The collocation boxes ensure you don’t get caught using Chinglish such as ‘close’ the light. 4) The thesaurus function will help you beat tests such as TOEIC/GEPT by teaching you other ways to say words. 5) The search function lets you create your own word lists. 6) The ‘get it right’ section ensures you don’t make the same mistakes as other non-native speakers. Making Things Better for You!
    42. 42. Any Questions? Making Things Better for You! Free Online Dictionary www.macmillandictionary.com Or ask me later… patrickhafenstein@macmillan.com.tw
    43. 43. www.macmillandictionaries.com MED Magazine Worksheets Competitions Games and much more…
    44. 44. MED Challenge Answer Key Round 1 • 4 • 1 • 3 Round 2 • No • 1 • 3 • 2 • 2 Round 3 • Decrease • Large • Invention Round 4 • 5 • 1 • 2 • 4 • 3 Round 5 • E • D • C • B • A Round 6 • F - ecomonic • F - whose • T Making Things Better for You!
    45. 45. Making Things Better for You! MED Challenge Answer Sheet Round 1 (Write numbers) • • • Round 2 (write numbers) • • • • • Round 3 (write a word) • • • Round 4 (write a number NOT letter) • • • • • Round 5 (Write a letter) • • • • • Round 6 (Write T or F & correct answer if False) • • • Name: Tel: Email: Score ___ /30
    46. 46. True of False? If false, what is the correct answer? A. 鍋貼 in English is ‘dumpling’. B. 豬血糕 in English is ‘pig blood cake’. C. 綠豆 in English is ‘green bean’. D. 珍珠奶茶 in English is ‘bubble tea’. E. 刨冰 in English is ‘shaved ice’. F. 北京烤鴨 in English is ‘Beijing Duck’. G.皮蛋 in English is ‘thousand Making Things Better for You!

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