Learning New Words

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Learning New Words

  1. 1. Learning New Words English Language & Culture 1
  2. 2. For each word• Write:  Word and definition in English • Mandarin definition okay  What kind of word? • Is is a noun, verb, adjective, adverb?  Sentences with the word  Other words that are related (similar) • It’s opposite, other tenses for verbs, other forms • Words that go with it • Think about, Think of
  3. 3. An example: practical
  4. 4. New word: Practical• Definition 1. involving real situations rather than theories or ideas alone 2. Making sensible choices and decisions• Kind of word: an adjective• Sentences:  Practical experience, like learning to give a speech, can be as valuable as academic qualifications.  This is a serious problem that needs a practical person to solve it.• Opposite - impractical
  5. 5. Word “Families”• It’s good to learn words that come from the same root (source) Practical, impractical, practicality Happy, happiness, unhappy, happily
  6. 6. Our Quizzes• My quizzes might be different from quizzes you have taken before.• I will choose 3 or 4 words and have you write a sentence for each word.• Do not just try to memorize a sentence. I will randomly make a rule for the sentences. You must follow that rule to get points.
  7. 7. Quiz Example• Apple• Short• Lucky• Fuzzy Begin each sentence with the word “Today”• You get points for showing that you understand the word and write well.• Lose points for not understanding the word and grammar errors.
  8. 8. Bad sentences• I like apples.• It is fuzzy.
  9. 9. Good Sentences• Because they are delicious and sweet, apples are my favorite fruits.• Today I saw a fuzzy baby bear at the zoo.

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