Word Attack Skills

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Word Attack Skills

  1. 1. Word Attack Skills
  2. 2. Suffixes / Prefixes – Morphological Information <ul><li>Supply an affix – e.g. UN - , and bases e.g. happy, slow, tidy. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Task: Indicate which of the bases can take the affix </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supply a base e.g. sharp and several affixes e.g. un-, -ly, -en, -ement, -ness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Task: indicate / find out which of the affixes the base can take </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supply a list of affixes of similar function e.g. adjective forming suffixes, -ful, -ous, -y, -ish and a list of bases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicate/find out which basewords take which affixes, and if more than one is possible, what variations in meaning a involved e.g. manful, mannish, manly </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Suffixes / Prefixes – Morphological Information <ul><li>Supply an incomplete table of forms consisting of basewords with various affixes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Task : complete the table by filling the gaps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supply sentences containing words of a particular form e.g. verbs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Task rewrite the sentences in a specified way entailing the use of a different form of the given word e.g. nouns instead of verbs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Inference from Context <ul><li>A skill to teach when you do not want your students to refer to the dictionary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slow down reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interrupt thought process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free students from the dependence on text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Making use of the context to give readers a rough idea of what the word means </li></ul>
  5. 5. Inference from Context <ul><li>She poured the water into the tock </li></ul><ul><li>Then, lifting the tock , she drank </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, as she was setting it down again, the tock slipped from her hand and broke </li></ul><ul><li>Only the handle remained in one piece </li></ul>
  6. 6. Inference from Context <ul><li>Use of cartoons / pictures to get them what context mean </li></ul><ul><li>E.g The word is caesarean (for adult students) </li></ul>THE REAL REASON WHY WOMEN HAVE CAESAREAN
  7. 7. Inference from Context <ul><li>http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~steuben/vocabularycontext.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Give more exercises, sentence level to paragraph level, easy to difficult </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.english-zone.com/vocab/vic02.html </li></ul>

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